Rustic Hardwood Floors – Why So Expensive?
They’re not all expensive. Sure you can find some pricey stuff in more of the service oriented mom and pop retail operations that deal in hardwood floors everyday. Some products that come to mind are manufactured by Anderson and Award. Both offer some interesting stuff but do we really want to pay a retail price in the low to mid teens?
Here’s one manufacturer; Aged Woods. They seem to be a bit more realistic in their pricing for a few prefinished products in the $6 and $ 7.00 square foot range, and the beauty is one can buy direct from them. With Anderson and other manufacturers the possibility doesn’t exist as you have to go through the middleman pipeline that includes your local dealer. We all know how many of those guys mark up prices!
Not all of their products are priced as above but they offer some real rustic flavor. The Bunkhouse Oak Plank shown on the left that arrives unfinished prices in the eleven to $17.00 square foot range depending on the widths chosen.
Create Your Own Rustic Floors
We’ve always maintained if you want rustic hardwood floors you can create them yourselves. How? There are plenty of manufacturers and websites offering those real low priced products with all sorts of names. Lumber Liquidators calls theirs a utility grade that sells for under a buck a square foot. Be prepared to deal with alot of color including blacks and near white.
The LL utility grade is an unfinished hardwood. Considering you’re looking for rustic how important is the appearance of the installation? Do it yourself? Sure, but it won’t steps-rustic2be an easy task with that stuff. Lots of small pieces to fit in the puzzle which can lead to a real time consuming project. The company also offers an upgrade in this category on their Colston line selling at $ 1.49 a square foot last time we checked.
As a side note, I was perplexed as to how to go about building some outdoor garden steps recently. The plan was using pressure treated pine but was I looking for that refined linear appearance? Then it came to me; people buy this stuff by the droves for flooring in their home these days, so why not create some rustic stairs? Some creative carving with the chainsaw and I had what I wanted.
I’m not implying a chainsaw is the answer for interior floors but any type of unfinished flooring can be distressed through your own labor opposed to paying the high retail price of some products out there today. After installation it would need to be finishedwith the stain and/or finish sheen desired. Benefits with something this rustic are you don’t have to be a finishing expert to handle the task. It’s rustic, remember?