Wood flooring is one of the most popular alternatives for home and business owners. It remains a mainstay for new construction projects as well as makeovers for existing homes. While many people enjoy the high gloss and sheen of wood flooring that has the appearance of being newly installed at all times, others prefer the unfinished appearance. An unfinished surface gives a home flavor and is in keeping with a rustic, rugged, or antique appearance. Someone may want to re-create the feel of Little House on the Prairie, a cabin in the woods, or journey back to yesteryear. There are many creative ways to make a wood floor resemble an unfinished floor.
Using reclaimed wood is one innovative approach to the aged look. A less expensive method, wood is recycled from other projects. If someone wants the wood to look old, they can make minimal efforts to prepare the wood before it is installed in a home. This alternative is a wonderful way to create a unique wood with pieces of wood which may not be uniform with the grain going in various directions, and variations in shades should the homeowner choose to leave the color of the wood as is.
Distressed flooring is another common alternative. Wood is altered by hand as craftsmen apply different methods in order to create variations in the wood that will change its appearance. A time worn aged approach results from emphasizing the grain, applying dark stain, or changing the surface in other manners. Wire brushed wood removes the top layer of the wood and brings a focus to the grain of the wood. For a rough surface, the wood can be hand hewn or rough sawed. The most customized approach applies a variety of methods such as bleaching, beating the wood, or using antique nails.
Other options include using unfinished exotic woods which have marked differences in shades with darker colors and reds that are truly noticeable. Exotic woods tend to be heavier and more durable. They will also create a new atmosphere in a home. The homeowner has many directions that can be chosen for an unfinished style of wood flooring today.