SANTA CLARA – When selecting new hardwood flooring, one attribute you’ll need to consider is the texture of its surface. For example, you can choose flooring with a perfectly smooth finish, or you can go with a distressed or hand-scraped look. However, you may not realize the impact a floor’s surface texture can have on its long-term aesthetics.
While a smooth-finish floor will look immaculate when first installed, it’s not likely to stay that way. When a smooth-finish floor gets scratched, the marks tend to be obvious and visible from all angles. In contrast, since scratches and similar markings are defining characteristics of distressed flooring, these will typically blend in rather than stand out. For this reason, distressed and hand-scraped flooring often performs better in the long term than flooring with a smooth finish.