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Texturing new floors to create rustic hardwood flooring.
At Carlisle, our craftsmen are experts at distressing new floors to create an aged look that gives the appearance of rustic hardwood flooring. We offer six techniques for distressing wood floors, including several proprietary techniques you’ll only find at Carlisle.
- Hit or Miss. This technique recreates the saw swirl patterns that are the hallmark of boards cut at early sawmills. This style of texturing a floor reproduces the look of reclaimed flooring but at a fraction of the price.
- Watermill flooring. This process reproduces the appearance of boards that were rough sawn at watermills a century or more ago. This technique recreates the look of rustic hardwood flooring that was never planed or scraped smooth, with saw marks from cutting that were smoothed over time by foot traffic.
- Hand-scraped edges. This approach mimics the look of boards that were cut to be installed by hand, before machines were available to produce exceptionally straight and smooth boards. Early craftsmen used a block plane to prepare boards, drawing it across the planks edge to make the transition from one board to the next more smooth. This is one of the quickest and most authentic ways to make a new board look old.
- Brushed flooring. Our craftsmen use specially designed brushes to “de-gloss” and unsmooth boards, giving them a worn texture with very fine brush markings.
- Timeworn flooring. As floors age, they become naturally worn both by foot traffic and the passage of time, and patterns emerge in the wood grain. This proprietary process reproduces this look, giving new floors the appearance of rustic hardwood flooring that has been lived on for more than three generations.
- Footworn flooring. This method reproduces the subtle patterns of rustic hardwood flooring that have been walked upon for centuries, where softer grains wear down faster than denser sections to create an unmistakable undulating pattern in the floorboards.