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What is a brushed finish and what benefits does it deliver? Find out everything you need to know in this useful post.

Written by: Yarl Christie

What is Brushed Wood Flooring?

There are a lot of different finishes you can choose from when you’re purchasing a new floor. Brushed wood flooring is a popular finish that helps to add a rustic, elegant feel to your living space.

So, what is a brushed finish and what benefits does it deliver? Find out everything you need to know in this useful post.

An Overview of Brushed Wood Flooring

Brushed wood flooring is a popular finish that produces a rustic, natural look. Unlike Handscraped wood floors, this finish is produced using machine brushing. Heavy industrial machines are used to produce the finish, and in some cases several brushes of different sizes may be used to create the finished result.

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The surface of brushed wood floors has extra definition and enhanced texture for a completely authentic design. You will find brushed wood flooring adds character and elegance into the space, becoming a focal point of the room.

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You can choose from engineered or solid wood brushed floors, both of which create a beautiful, elegant effect in the home.

What is Brushed Engineered Wood Flooring?

Brushed engineered wood flooring is made up of several different layers. The surface is created from solid wood, brushed for a sophisticated finish. The other layers are typically made from plywood, helping to create a sturdy and durable floor.

One of the main advantages of engineered wood is you can install the planks with underfloor heating, enhancing their comfort underfoot. This makes it a popular choice for people wanting the look and feel of real wood flooring with the added benefit of a warm floor.

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Engineered brushed wood flooring boasts a delightful rustic appearance that will look fantastic in almost any setting.

What is Brushed Solid Wood Flooring?

Many of the solid wood floors we sell come with a beautiful, brushed finish. They have been constructed from a single piece of real wood, and the surface is brushed carefully using a machine. You will find solid wood brushed floors boast a more authentic look and feel than other types of floors. However, you will need to be careful as they are susceptible to changes in temperature and moisture.

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So, now you know the difference between engineered and solid wood floors, what benefits do they provide?

Benefits of Brushed Wood Flooring

When you invest in brushed wood flooring, you can expect the following benefits:

  • An attractive, luxurious looking floor
  • Scratches and stains will be well hidden
  • Potentially enhanced durability

Floors with a brushed effect have a unique, luxurious appearance. This makes them ideal for homeowners looking for a luxury floor on a budget. As the surface of the floor contains natural imperfections, it will successfully hide minor scratches and stains. They also benefit from potentially added durability if you choose an oiled finish. This is because the brushed surface makes it easier for oil to absorb into the wood.

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These are some of the main benefits brushed wood floors offer. They do come at a slightly increased price to traditional finishes. However, their enhanced durability and striking looks are worth the added cost.

Disadvantages of Brushed Wood Flooring

The main disadvantage of brushed wood flooring is that while it can be sanded down, you’ll struggle to recreate the brushed finish. You would need to brush it again to achieve the same effect which isn’t easy to do without professional help.

If the plank’s surface is heavily scratched, it is easier to replace rather than refinish. Both engineered and solid wood floors offer excellent durability due to the fact they can be re-finished multiple times.

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So, you might not get the same value for money as you would with a simple oiled or lacquered finish if you do need to call in the professionals or replace the floor. However, as the floors are naturally hardwearing, the likelihood of having to replace the planks is low provided you maintain it correctly.

Where can Brushed Wood Flooring be Installed?

You can install brushed wood flooring in the lounge, bedroom, dining room, or hallway. If you are looking for a new bathroom floor then avoid any wood floors as they do not withstand moisture prone areas as water can damage the floor. Provided care is taken, you could also install brushed wood flooring in the kitchen.

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As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of investing in brushed wood flooring. It is a beautiful finish that adds elegance and luxury into the home.

Further Reading

Discover what solid wood flooring is here

Discover what engineered wood flooring is here

Learn how to refurbish engineered wood flooring here

Learn how to refurbish solid wood flooring is here