While you might only be familiar with maple trees because of their syrup, maple hardwood flooring is also a truly outstanding material for Southport homes. The experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte are pleased to bring you this quick, thorough rundown of maple hardwood so that you can find the perfect material for your space. Let’s get started!
What Does Maple Hardwood Look Like?
Maple hardwood comes in many extraordinary and unique grain varieties. Flame maple has wavy dark red lines and is often used to make acoustic guitars and other musical instruments. Quilted maple has a pattern that looks like a quilt or ripples on water. Bird’s eye is a distinctive pattern with tiny dark flecks that resemble birds’ eyes. And of course, sugar maple – the same wood from which we get our syrup – has a streaked, wavy pattern that’s suitable for most spaces.
The most important thing to remember is that you can always finish maple with a variety of stains to make it work for your space. Maple hardwood has a reputation for lightening up a room with its bright colors, but you can also stain it a deep brown to give it a richer, milk chocolate tone.
Why Use Maple Hardwood for Flooring?
For one thing, maple hardwood is exceptionally strong, with certain species boasting a Janka hardness rating of 1,450 (if you’re not familiar with the Janka scale, it measures and compares the hardness/density of wood types, and the number refers to how many pounds of force it takes to dent the wood).
Maple’s Janka rating is well above the most popular hardwood species, red oak, which has a rating of 1,290. Maple’s toughness is probably why it has historically been a favorite choice for basketball courts, bowling alleys, and other sports arenas. It’s also perfect for high traffic areas in your home.
And like most hardwood flooring, maple is relatively easy to clean and maintain. All you need to do to keep your floors looking new is to sweep the surface regularly, mop gently with a spray bottle, and avoid standing water.
Maple Hardwood in Your Home
If maple hardwood sounds like a sweet option (pun intended) for the floors in your Southport home, start your next flooring project today! The Floor Coverings International Shallotte team is proud to serve the greater Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James area, so schedule a free consultation with our mobile showroom to get a better idea of what maple floors would be like in your space. See real hardwood samples and talk to our expert design team to find a look and budget that’s perfect for you. Contact us today!
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