Wood Floor Texture: Do You Know The Differences?

By: Katie Trevino

August 23, 2017

Wood Floor Texture

Texture can add character and contrast to the wood materials in your project. It can add a special elegance or rustic feel depending on the look you’re going for. With that being said, there are so many different textures available at WoodCo, let’s look at our options!

Saw Marks

Our sawn textures range from subtle to dramatic, and can either be done with a circular saw or bandsaw. The end product of this texture results in a special, aged look that’s similar to reclaimed woods without being reclaimed. You can choose from products that are bandsawn, that is with saw marks directly up and down on the planks, or circular sawn which gives the wood planks a unique look through its arced markings.

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Skip Planed

Skip planning is a technique often used on original patina faced wood. The boards are given a light pass through the planer to lightly remove some areas of the original face. This allows you to see more of the wood grains, it also makes the boards a little less rough. The amount removed from the face can be adjusted to meet the desired look.

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Wire Brushing

Wire brushing can vary in intensity, and can make the wood more dynamic looking. To create this look, the wood is brushed with steel bristles which opens the grain to give you a more dramatic appearance. The deeper you wire brush the wood the more it changes the appearance. This technique also adds texture of little grooves to the wood. With a wire brushed texture it is easier to get a two-tone color appearance. In the example below, the boards are all fumed European oak with the exact same oil finish on them, the only difference is the amount of wire brushing.

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Distressed Look

A distressed look is a texture that is very popular in high traffic areas. This texture is where the wood has random dings, dents and marks on the face of the boards. This is created by placing the boards in a huge rotating drum with pebbles, nuts, bolts and other objects, giving the boards random marks. It is evenly finished to give your new wood boards a distressed look, which is a mild version of rustic.

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Shou Sugi Ban or Burnt Wood

Shou Sugi Ban is the Japanese tradition of preserving wood by charring it. The heavily charred surface of the wood makes it very durable becoming resistant to fire, rot, insects, and decay. With this wood texture, the wood products are both functional and interesting pieces to add to a floor, wall, or ceiling, and more!

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Standard, natural texture

If you’re not a big fan of the added texture, try our standard cut. Our planks are smooth milled and sanded to provide a timeless finish. This is a great option if you like the look of natural wood and want the organic pattern to shine through.

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Pillowed Edge

Unlike a traditional beveled edge or square edge, these edges are scraped to give a gentle rounding down from the face of the floor into the bevel to create a pillowed edge. This edge is created to mimic antique floors, where the edges have slowly been worn down to a gentle pillow shape.

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Mix and Match the wood textures

Often more than one texture can be added to your wood to make it especially unique. For example, you could apply the Shou Sugi Ban texture and wire brush the wood to add a special effect. With WoodCo the opportunities to create a truly custom style for your space is endless.

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Additional advantages

In addition to changing the look of your wood materials, textured wood has some additional advantages. For example, if you use a textured floor in your home or commercial space, you can more easily mask any accidental scratches, dents, or dings since it is more likely to blend into the finish of the wood.