Light Wood Flooring Texture

Add charm and character with light wood flooring texture

Lightly texturing or distressing hardwood floorboards can add a great deal of character and visual appeal to a floor. Wood floor texture helps to give new floors the look and feel of planks that were fashioned more than a century ago, and that have been gently worn down by time and foot traffic. Light wood flooring texture infuses each floorboard with a sense of character and heritage, adding a greater feeling of charm and warmth to the room.

At Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, we offer a wide range of textured wood flooring. Our craftsmen are expert at brushed techniques and other light wood flooring texture, as well as techniques like Hit and Miss that add saw marks, rough patches and other imperfections to new floorboards. Our design consultants can walk you through all your options for a wide plank floor – from a choice of wood, grade and width of your floorboards to color, pattern and texture.

What is light wood flooring texture?
Hardwood floor texture refers to techniques for texturing or distressing new floorboards to recreate the appearance of floors that are generations or centuries old. Light wood flooring texture techniques include technologies that wear away the softer grains to give the wood an aged appearance, while heavier techniques reproduce the saw marks or kerfs left on floorboards by early sawmills as well as the rough spots and uneven patches produced by boards rough sawn at riverside watermills.

What is the benefit of light wood flooring texture?
Light wood flooring texture techniques add a sense of craftsmanship and heritage to new floorboards, helping to give floors with a one-of-a-kind appearance.

Can engineered floors be textured?
Yes. Carlisle engineered flooring can be treated with a variety of textures. Engineered floorboards are constructed to provide a more stable core for installation in areas that are exposed to temperature extremes or higher levels of humidity and moisture.

Can prefinished floors be treated with light wood flooring texture?
Yes. Ordering a prefinished floor allows our craftsmen to sand, texture, stain and seal the floor before it is shipped to your home for installation. Prefinished floors let you avoid the mess and inconvenience of having a floor stained and sealed within your home.

Light wood flooring texture and more

At Carlisle, we offer several types of light wood flooring texture. Our Brushed wood flooring technique uses a specially designed brush that wears away the softer grains, leaving denser grains standing tall. Brushed wood texture perfectly recreates the look of a floor that has been gently worn by foot traffic over the years.

Our Timeworn technique reproduces the distinguishing patterns of floors that are naturally worn by the passage of time, while our Footworn texture recreates the undulating patterns that are apparent in very old floorboards that were smoothed with early woodworking tools like Jack Planes or draw knives.

Hand-scraped edges are another light wood flooring texture that is highly popular today. Common in colonial hardwood flooring, this technique recreates the appearance of boards that were planed by hand to remove the sharp edges, smoothing the transition from one board to the next.

In addition to light wood flooring texture, we offer several techniques for a more dramatic rustic appearance. Our Hit or Miss technique adds the saw swirls or kerfs that were frequently left on boards which were cut at early sawmills, and our Watermill process recreates the rough patches that were often left on boards cut at riverside watermills.

How to customize your wood floors

In addition to texture, Carlisle offers a number of ways to customize your floor to create a surface that is truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Wood. We offer 10 hardwood species, three types of pine and six types of reclaimed floors that provide a wide range of personality, color and density.
  • Width. Our wide plank floors come in widths from 4” to 20”, depending on the species. Wider boards create fewer seams for a calmer and more elegant appearance. Consistent widths have a more formal and uniform look, while random or varied widths produce a more rustic look with great visual interest.
  • Grade. We offer two grades of wood that feature more or less character in the floorboards. Our Original Grade offers boards with more knots, mineral streaks and color variations, while our Heirloom Grade minimizes these characteristics for a more formal appearance.
  • Color. Many of our customers choose clear or amber finishes that preserve the natural coloring of their chosen hardwood or pine. But we also offer a virtually limitless selection of stain colors for customers who want to match the color of their floors to a very specific hue.
  • Structure. Carlisle floors can be ordered in both solid hardwood or engineered wood. Our engineered flooring, among the best in the industry, is made with a thick veneer of hardwood that is glued to multiple layers of a Baltic Birch to form a floorboard with an extremely solid core. Engineered floors are ideal for installation in basements, over radiant heat, or on concrete slab – places where humidity, moisture and temperature may be more extreme.
  • Pattern. A pattern or parquet floor adds immediate elegance and sophistication to any room. We offer floors with Herringbone, Chevron and Versailles patterns, and our consultants can work with you to create a custom pattern.

The leading provider of wide plank flooring

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors has been producing floors of exceptional quality for more than half a century. Whether it’s a floor chosen from our extensive, curated Collections or a surface that’s custom-designed for your home, your Carlisle floor will be handcrafted to perfection, ensuring that it reflects your sense of style and sophistication. Our artisan woodworkers painstakingly attend to every detail to make sure your Carlisle floor exceeds your expectations.

As you work with our knowledgeable design consultants, you’ll have the ability to customize every inch of your Carlisle floor. From choosing the species of wood and the widths of your planks to selecting a stain color and light wood flooring texture, you’ll find the process of creating your Carlisle floor is a true pleasure.