WIRE BRUSHED WIDE PLANK FLOORING Wire brushed hardwood is usually wide plank flooring that has been scraped with hard wire brushes either during or after manufacturing to create a unique texture. Wire brushed wood plank flooring is characterized by a rough, toothed consistency and accented grain, whereas hand scraped hardwood has a smoother, more weathered texture and more even grain, depending on the technique and species. Wire brushed wide-plank floors can look very dramatic as more of the wood’s natural grain is exposed and you can see all of the wood’s rich character and knots. Advantages of Wire Brushed and Wide Plank Flooring Wide plank flooring and wire brushed hardwood in particular, creates a unique look that is extremely popular in the Canadian market – especially with those looking for the European hardwood look. With wire brushing, all the soft sapwood is scraped off the top of the wood planks, leaving only the hardest wood behind. This greatly increases durability, meaning chips, scratches and scrapes are a lot less likely to appear. And, since the surface has already been distressed, damage that does occur from things like furniture legs and pet claws usually blend right in. Another key advantage is that due to its rougher surface, wire brushed wood plank flooring is less slippery than smooth hardwood flooring – which could prevent dangerous slips or falls. Wire Brushed Hardwood Care and Maintenance Since it has many more natural nooks and crevices exposed to the surface, wire brushed wide-plank hardwood flooring can sometimes be more difficult to clean than other hardwood flooring options. We recommend regular care and maintenance to avoid sticky patches or compressed dirt, which can make cleaning even more difficult. Unlike traditional solid wood floors, wire brushed wide-plank flooring has a unique texture that refinishing could destroy if not done properly. Wire Brushed Wide Plank Floors in Calgary Have a look at Metro Hardwood Floors’ unbeatable selection of wire brushed wide-plank hardwood flooring from brands like Goodfellow, Kraus Flooring, Mercier, Preverco, Vintage and Wildwood in our online gallery, and then stop by our beautiful showroom to decide which will work best for you and your space.