Should you choose distressed or spring for reclaimed wood?
The current trend in rustic wood decor harks back to the days of ranch settlements and spacious farmhouses. Certain home styles require this kind of look to stay true to their original styles. If you’re renovating a farmhouse or something out of the Victorian era, distressed wood provides the genuine aged appearance that you need.
Distressed and reclaimed wood flooring can bring this unique design to your home, but which option is the best for you and your family?
The distressed wood look is offered in authentic wood, luxury vinyl and laminate flooring. Rustic wood flooring materials have distinctive designs with a lot of character, and any scratches or dings that appear over time will only enhance the way the boards look. Vinyl and laminate flooring options are durable and typically among the most affordable options. Both are great for active families on a budget, and best of all, you don’t have to sacrifice style. Modern flooring technology has found a way to fabricate a truly authentic appearance.
Genuine wood made to look old using machines or a hand-scraping process is described as “distressed.” Most modern distressing is done by machines, but some manufacturers prefer to create the look by hand. Stains and paints are sometimes used to add another layer of authenticity to the appearance.
Reclaimed wood gets its name from the process by which it’s salvaged from old structures that would otherwise be torn down. These boards and beams are usually made of wood from mature trees and have spent decades being seasoned by the elements. This creates a unique appearance that includes a whole spectrum of colors and weathering patterns that can’t be recreated using manufacturing techniques.
The reclaiming procedure puts less strain on the environment than using new wood both by giving old structures new life and by minimizing the processing necessary to make the wood usable. Reclaimed timbers are already much closer in size to finished products than newly felled trees and can be transformed into just about any shape with less effort. However, reclaimed wood can be more expensive than alternative distressed options.
Choosing Your Floor
Young Interiors Flooring Center can help you pick out just the right style and color to make your vision of a rustic floor come true. Schedule an estimate online or give us a call for more information. You can also visit our Longs or Myrtle Beach SC showroom to get an up close and personal look at our diverse selection of wood flooring.