A surefire way to add class and retail value to your home is to install hardwood flooring from Floor Coverings International of East Bay and Pleasanton. Hardwood floors instantly add style to your home and will last you for decades. They are also incredibly versatile, with a huge range of styles that will match nearly any home décor or interior design aesthetic. With so much variety though, it can be hard to know where to start. With that in mind, we decided to explore more in depth one of the many hardwood species that you might choose for your new floors: maple wood flooring.

Appearance of Maple Hardwood Flooring

Maple is the second most popular hardwood flooring species after red oak. Known for its uniform appearance, maple ranges from creamy whites and pales in the sapwood, to warm reddish browns in the heartwood. Unlike some species of wood, maple hardwood features minimal graining. Maple does, though, show interesting mineral streaks in brown and black throughout the wood, although this tends to vary between grades. Some maple floors feature ‘birdseye’ graining, or small marks that look like eyes scattered throughout the wood. One important thing to keep in mind is that maple does not stain very well, so darker maple can have a tendency to look blotchy. Also, maple tends to yellow over time at a greater rate than some hardwood species.

Hardness and Stability of Maple Hardwood Flooring

Growing in the northern parts of Canada and North America, Maple is one of the harder species of domestic hardwoods. The hardness of wood flooring is measured using the Janka scale, a measurement method created in order to determine how well a wood species resists indentation and scratching. The yardstick against which all flooring is measured, due to its popularity and ubiquity, is red oak. Red oak flooring has a Janka rating of 1290, whereas maple has a Janka rating of 1450, making maple quite a bit harder than red oak, and thus better suited to high traffic areas.

Cost of Maple Hardwood Flooring

Maple is a great investment flooring option. While slightly more expensive than red oak, maple still only costs about $5.00 to $7.00 per square foot, making it a very cost effective option considering the amount of value a good hardwood floor will add to your house. While it may be much pricier than cheaper, softer species of wood such as yellow pine, maple is still a much better deal than many of the pricey exotic hardwoods.

If you feel like maple hardwood flooring is the right choice for your home, be sure to contact Floor Coverings International of East Bay and Pleasanton today!