Rustic engineered hardwood flooring

An introduction to rustic engineered hardwood flooring

Rustic engineered hardwood flooring is the perfect choice when you want the warmth and character of a rustic floor in a location where a solid hardwood floor is not likely to perform well due to moisture and humidity.

Here’s a brief introduction to rustic engineered hardwood flooring from Carlisle that can answer your questions about this unique approach to rustic wide plank flooring.

What is rustic flooring?

Rustic flooring, or antique flooring, is a wooden floor that has an aged and worn appearance. Rustic floors can be created by using timbers salvaged from centuries old buildings, or by using techniques that distress new floorboards to give them an aged appearance.

What is engineered hardwood flooring?

Engineered flooring is made with planks that are constructed from multiple layers of material, rather than cut from a solid piece of hardwood. The top layer is made of a specific hardwood and finished to look like a solid wood floor, while the layers below are glued together to create a highly stable core. This engineered core is more impervious to expansion and contraction in settings where moisture and humidity are present. Consequently, engineered flooring is often ideal for installation in locations below grade like basements, or over radiant heat or concrete slab.

What is rustic engineered hardwood flooring?

Rustic engineered hardwood flooring is made with engineered floorboards that have been treated to give them an aged or antique appearance.

Why choose rustic engineered hardwood flooring?

A rustic floor adds an immediate sense of warmth and character to a room, providing a high level of visual interest and charm. A rustic engineered hardwood floor is ideal for spaces where you want a rustic appearance, but where humidity, moisture or large temperature fluctuations would cause a solid wood floor to warp or crack.

How rustic engineered hardwood flooring is made

Rustic engineered hardwood flooring is created with two different processes.

Engineered wood is made with a top level of hardwood – the visible layer or “wear” layer – and multiple layers of a backing material which may be hardwood, plywood or fiberboard. The layers of an engineered floor are glued together to create a a stronger floorboard that will resist changes in temperature and humidity.

To create rustic engineered hardwood flooring, Carlisle craftsmen use a variety of techniques that give the engineered wood an aged, worn or weathered appearance.

  • Hand-scraped edges reproduce the look of boards with slightly rounded edges that were once scraped by hand to smooth the transition from board to board. Hand-scraping edges is one of the easiest ways to create a rustic look.
  • Watermill markings reproduce the uneven textures from boards that were once cut at riverside sawmills. These uneven marks absorb stain in a different way to create interesting contrasts.
  • Hit or Miss marks add the iconic saw swirls and saw kerfs from early milling techniques to brand-new floorboards, creating the antique look of reclaimed timbers at a fraction of the cost.
  • Footworn techniques recreate the undulating patterns that were seen in very old floor boards that were planed smooth using original woodworking tools as Jack Planes or draw knives
  • Timeworn texturing recreates the natural grain patterns in floorboards that have been lived on for more than three lifetimes.
  • Brushed texturing uses special brushes to introduce a worn look to floorboards by gently wearing away the softer grains to create an uneven and aged appearance.

Exceptional flooring, exceptional service

When you choose rustic engineered hardwood flooring Carlisle, you’ll have the ability to customize every aspect of your floor to your desires and specifications. A Carlisle Wide Plank Specialist will you through all your options and help to turn your vision for an ideal floor into a reality. Your Carlisle Specialist can help you consider the pros and cons of rustic Oak vs rustic Hickory hardwood flooring, or sort through your options for light distressed wood flooring, and help you decide how to best create distressed white wood flooring. You’ll also have the option to consider wood plank patterns for a rustic parquet floor.

Our customers find our level of service to be truly remarkable. From your initial phone call or visit to a showroom through the design of your rustic wide plank wood flooring to delivery and installation, our team ensures that every detail is perfectly executed, making the process of creating your floor as pleasurable and exciting as eventually living on it.

Why choose rustic engineered hardwood flooring from Carlisle?

Carlisle has been a leader in handcrafted wood flooring for more than 50 years. When it comes to rustic engineered hardwood flooring, you won’t find a better partner or supplier. Our engineered floors are made with the most stable and durable core available on the market day. A thicker base dramatically enhances the stability, while a thicker wear layer enables you to refinish your floor up to three times in the future – the same number of sandings as with a solid hardwood floor. Additionally, our engineered boards come in widths up to 10” and lengths up to 12’, while the industry standard for engineering flooring is only 3” wide and 3’ long.

On top of the stability of our engineered floorboards, you’ll find Carlisle craftsmanship to be unsurpassed in the industry. We take great pride in our time-honored processes and our craftsmen are equally at home with traditional rustic themes or with fashion-forward styles. We know that every detail matters – from the nuance of a hand-scraped edge to finding the perfect hue for your stain. Throughout the process, our team works diligently to ensure that your Carlisle floor exceeds your expectations, and that it will continue to amaze and delight you for years to come.