Unfinished flooring is just that, essentially, wood has been cut and shaped into planks with no other finishing process such as oiling or lacquer.
Whilst unfinished flooring does require treatment or protection after fitting and before use, it does offer the benefit of a wider range of styles available, thanks to the availability of oils, waxes or stains.
Brushed flooring is finished using a steel wire wool during production, removing the upper layer of wood grain, leaving a textured finish. Brushed floors offer a textured surface with enhanced grain and pattern.
Depth of texture varies, depending upon the level of brushing and wood type.
Hand scraped flooring involves individually scraping each engineered wood flooring plank wear layer, prior to finishing. Thanks to each plank being scraped individually, no two are finished identically, giving a more rustic, textured aesthetic.
In a similar way to brushed flooring, handscraped flooring offers a textured finish, which varies, depending upon the level of scraping applied.
Aged flooring is created by adding light wear to the surface of engineered wood planks, such as bumps and scrapes, to create an established, worn look that creates the illusion of flooring that has been laid for years.
Varying levels of ageing are available, depending upon your style preference, giving an impression of short and longer term wear.
Distressed engineered flooring is made in a similar method to aged, adding texture to the surface, including bumps and scrapes, during production to give a worn feel but usually involves using more rustic boards; meaning a greater depth of grain, knots and pattern.
Distressed flooring is ideal if you’re looking for the stability of a new, engineered board, with the appearance of an antique, reclaimed floorboard.
Lacquer is a protection finish applied to flooring to reduce the damage caused by spillages, effectively creating a thin surface layer which prevents liquids seeping into wood grains.
Often considered the modern varnish equivalent, lacquered flooring is ideal for heavier traffic areas that need a higher protection level.
Oil provides a deeper protection than lacquer, by seeping into wood grain, enhancing the aesthetic of wood flooring, however, as there is no surface layer created, oiled flooring usually requires greater maintenance and care over spillages.
Oiled flooring is preferred by those looking for a natural, ‘untreated’ look, whilst still offering some level of protection and longevity.