About Maple Hardwood Flooring
Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of hard maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood.
Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Rated as non-durable to perishable, and susceptible to insect attack. Maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color.
- Grades: Select
- Widths: Up to 12″
- Lengths: Up to 12′
- Cuts: Plain Sawn, Quartersawn
- End-matched: Up to 12″
- FSC Certified
- Available in engineered wood and solid wood.
What is the difference between Character, Select and Premium grade?
Premium grade wood contains very even grain patterns, and similar characteristics of the flow throughout the flooring. These patterns create a very gentle difference in the floor. This is often the highest quality and more desirable style. Check out this example of premium grade flooring from Houzz.
Select grade flooring is a combination of Premium and Character grades. You’ll get minimal knots, and much less variation in wood grain patterns. This is the most common style of flooring you’ll find.
Check out our other types of hardwood and wide plank flooring.
What is spalting?
Spalting is discoloration in the wood from fungi. This is generally desirable patterns that are not reproducible.
What does End-matched mean?
End-matched means that all sides of the wood have a tongue or groove cut into it. This creates a pattern that lets the installation go faster, and also keeps your floor tightly connected after installation. You won’t have any nails on the surface of the floor, and the floor itself becomes like one solid piece of wood that moves together throughout the seasons.