When you think of dimpled hardwood floors, you likely think of the raised bumps on the floor that occur when it is nailed or stapled inadequately. This often happens to wood when the entry angle is wrong or when the veneer is too thin for that installation. However, the new trend of purposefully dimpling hardwood is different. Hardwood that is dimpled on purpose is wood that has been worked by an artisan. The artisan will use a scalloped tool to peel away chunks of the wood to create divots in the wood. They’ll often look like undulating waves. The wood is then sanded, stained, and finished like any other hardwood floor. The result is a wood floor that has texture sort of like moguls on a ski slope.
Appearance is one reason that dimpling has begun to grow in popularity and seems poised to become a bonafide trend. The dimples can be of varying depths. Very shallow ones will create subtle texture that bounces light in interesting ways. When paired with a glossy finish, it can create a shimmer to the floor.
Deep dimples create overt texture that can be used to create exciting patterns. Instead of an inlay in the wood, a pattern can be created with the crafted parts of the wood. For example, the dimples could mark an entrance way or highlight a fireplace. There’s also a practical effect.
The Practical Use
Scalloping the hardwood will create a texture besides just the smooth finish of the hardwood. That could be useful, especially for someone who has pets. Dogs are notorious for sliding around on hardwood floors. As they slide around, they bump into things, and their claws scratch up the hardwood. If there is some texture to the hardwood, they can keep their traction. It will reduce the amount of damage to your hardwood.
Dimples near an entrance way, especially one from outside, can work similarly to a welcome mat. As someone walks in, dirt from their shoes will be caught in the dimples instead of being tracked throughout the house. It will need to be cleaned often, but it will reduce the amount of dirt around the floor in general. Dirt is one of the lesser-known causes of scratching on a hardwood floor. As people walk around, they crunch and slide the dirt on the surface of the hardwood. That creates minuscule scratches that cloud the finish over time.
Textured floors in general are growing in popularity; handcrafted dimples are definitely going to grow. Interested in this type of hardwood flooring effect? Call Dan’s Custom Hardwood Flooring today to schedule an in-home consultation.