So, what is hand-scraped laminated flooring? It is a laminate plank flooring which looks like real hand-scraped wood flooring. Everybody knows about laminate flooring. It is cheaper and easier to install compared to hardwood flooring. Though, this flooring is not real wood and doesn't increase the value of the property, it is still preferred by many due to its ease of installation. Laminate flooring also fails to give the look and feel of hardwood flooring. However, with new hand-scraped laminate floors, one can get the rich feeling of real wood flooring. Distressed wooden flooring may be a newer trend, but it is rooted in history. Before modern sanding was developed, planks of the wood were hand-scraped at the site to make the floors flat. Today, hand scraping is done to render a rich look and physical texture, that adds uniqueness and style to the flooring.
True hand-scraped floors are done by hand, which adds a truly unique physical texture to the floor. But any two floors done by hand scraping differ greatly in the amount of texture that is added to the floor, which depends upon the skill of the person scraping the floor. Some manufacturers are just denting, scooping or roughing the floor, while others are sanding the floor to create an uneven, worn out looking floor surface.
Yet, other manufacturers of this flooring are scraping the entire surface of the flooring to create the most handmade feel and look. Some product lines of hand-scraped wood floors allow the customer to select from light, medium, to heavy scraping. True artisans can render a reclaimed look complete with wormholes, splits, and other naturally-occurring shapes and markings on the floor.
It is very easy to maintain this type of flooring. Laminate doesn't require any waxing, buffering, or vigorous mopping. Vacuuming the floor on a regular basis will keep the floor neat and clean, you can also use a damp cloth or mop for additional floor cleaning.
Types of Planks Available
Most designs of hand-scraped flooring's wear colors and layers which are technically generated. This wood flooring is available in different plank widths. One can select wide plank or thin planks. Also, there are square tile shapes available. So, the best plank shape or size depends upon what the home owner wants.
Laminate is many times cheaper than hardwood flooring. So, at a price that is very low, you can get the same look and feel of hardwood flooring. Also, a person can install the floors on their own, and save the cost of hiring a professional for installation. However, remember that hardwood flooring adds more value to one's property.
Suitable for All Rooms
Laminate flooring has three layers - the wear layer, the core layer, and the backing layer. The wear layer helps in providing surface protection with aluminum oxide or melamine. The core layer is made of different degrees of high density fiber board; and the higher the density, the better the board. The backing layer helps the other two layers gain durability and strength.
Easy to Install
Again, not to forget the ease of installing laminate floors. As the planks of this flooring have a tongue and grove edges, one can simply click and lock the planks and place it over concrete or vinyl without using any adhesive.