Distressed oak wood flooring is for those wanting to create an extremely rustic old world feel. With large knots and blemishes as well as splits left unfilled it is easy to see why many people put distressed wood flooring in old houses. Distressed wood is a cost effective way of having warn looking wood in your home. Other alternatives such as reclaimed wood flooring are much more expensive mainly due to the man hours needed to uplift the flooring without damaging it, sorting it then fitting it again. With many homes now being fitted with under floor heating old solid reclaimed flooring is not suitable so distressed engineered oak flooring is becoming more widely used.