Hardwood Floor Texture

The charm of a hardwood floor texture

When you want to give your floors a distinctive appearance and unique character, a hardwood floor texture treatment is the perfect solution. Textured wood flooring uses techniques that recreate the look of floors that have been gently worn down by age and foot traffic, as well as boards that were produced by early sawmills or water mills and prepared for installation by hand. When applied by an expert craftsman, a hardwood floor texture adds a sense of heritage and craftsmanship that can transform any surface and interior.

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors offers a range of hardwood floor textures – including several proprietary techniques – that recreate the look of antique or reclaimed surfaces for a fraction of the cost. Our design consultants can help you choose from the many options we offer for texture, color, structure and finish to create a floor you will cherish for years to come.

What is a hardwood floor texture?

Can you use a hardwood floor texture with engineered flooring?

Yes. Carlisle engineered floors are made with a thick veneer of hardwood that is glued to multiple layers of Baltic Birch to form the strongest and most durable core available on the market today. This thick layer of hardwood makes it possible for us to treat your engineered floors with a variety of texturing techniques.

Can prefinished floors be treated with a hardwood floor texture?

Yes. Carlisle prefinished floors are prepared in our facility, where our craftsman sand, stain, seal and texture your floor under ideal conditions. Your prefinished floor arrives at your home ready for speedy installation and allows you to skip the mess and inconvenience of having to have your floor finished on-site.

What is the difference between a reclaimed and textured floor?

A reclaimed floor is made from old timbers that have been salvaged from old buildings, barns and factories. A textured floor reproduces the look of reclaimed floors by treating new floorboards with a variety of texturing techniques. The hardwood floor texture process gives homeowners more options for flooring choices – for instance, a light wood flooring texture is much easier to achieve with texturing techniques than with reclaimed flooring, as genuinely antique floors tend to be much darker. And texturing treatments allow homeowners to choose from a wider variety of wood species such as Hickory, Cherry, Walnut, and Brown or White Maple in addition to the Chestnut, Heart Pine or Oak floor texture of reclaimed floors.

What are the advantages of texturing a floor?

Treating a new surface with an old wood floor texture creates a unique floor with a sense of history and character. The aged appearance of a textured floor adds warmth and charm to any interior.

What is a hardwood floor texture?

A hardwood floor texture is a surface treatment applied to the floorboards that gives a new hardwood floor a rustic or aged appearance. Texturing can reproduce the gently worn appearance of boards where the grain has been worn down unevenly over time. Texturing can also add saw marks, rough areas and hand-scraped edges that were common to boards produced by early sawmills and hand-prepared by craftsman.

A range of texture choices from Carlisle

At Carlisle, we offer a variety of hardwood floor texture options, including several that are proprietary to our shop.

  • Brushed treatments recreate the uneven contours of boards that have been worn down over the centuries. Our craftsmen use a wood texture brush to wear away the softer grains, leaving denser grains standing proud. This technique can be combined with any of our other surface treatments for dramatic results.
  • Hand-scraped edges use techniques that were common 200+ years ago, when craftsman would bevel the edges of planks before installation to ease the transition from one board to the next.
  • Hit or Miss techniques reproduce the kerfs or saw swirl markings that were common on boards cut at early sawmills. These saw marks produce a rustic appearance that is similar to reclaimed flooring, but at a fraction of the cost.
  • Watermill techniques replicate the appearance of floorboards that were rough sawn at riverside watermills more than a century ago. As these boards were never planed or scraped smooth, they retained distinctive saw marks and rough areas that give the floors a unique
  • Timeworn treatments use a proprietary process to re-create the natural patterns that are typical of New England floors that are gently worn by footsteps and the passage of time.
  • Footworn treatments replicate the look of floors that were originally planed smooth by hand before automated manufacturing. Our craftsman use custom tools to re-create this appearance that is common in Colonial flooring.