Maple Wood Considerations

Characteristics

Maple Hardwood Flooring is a naturally light-colored wood that can range from white to reddish brown in color with a golden hue. The lighter tone of the wood allows stains to appear vibrant and bold. Maple Flooring has a fine, subtle grain pattern, meaning that the contrast between light and dark areas is less distinct and the grains are usually straighter. Maple has a rating of 1450 on the Janka Hardness Scale.

Floor Construction

Maple Flooring from Empire® is offered in Solid Hardwood construction. This means that each Flooring plank is a solid piece of 100% Maple wood from top to bottom. The wood is finished with a protective layer that helps protect the floor from stains and abrasions. Maple Solid Hardwood Flooring is installed by being nailed to a wood subfloor, which means it can be installed over concrete slabs.

Appearance

The overall look of Maple Flooring can be affected by some of the following aesthetic considerations:

  • Plank Width: Our Maple Flooring is offered in two plank widths – 4" and 5". Wider planks provide an open look and work well with almost any home design, from contemporary to country.
  • Hand Scraped: Hand-scraped Maple Flooring evokes traditional craftsmanship. The surface is distressed to introduce a uniquely textured surface. This produces a rustic-looking style of Flooring.
  • Smooth: Smooth finishes may be available in many gloss levels and have a traditional appearance that is cleaner in look and style.
  • Beveled Edges: A deep or micro v-groove appears on two or four sides of our Maple Flooring planks. This enhances the beauty of each plank and provides a one-of-a-kind look.

Janka Scale

Species Janka Hardness (pounds-force)
Oak 1290
Maple 1450
Hickory 1820
Cherry 995
Exotic Wood 2350
Bamboo & Cork 2700 to 2900

The Janka Hardness Test measures how various types of woods resist denting and wear. The test measures the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball into wood to half of the ball’s diameter. It is a flooring industry standard for evaluating how well various wood species could tolerate denting and normal wear.

USDA Janka Hardness Scale


 

Hardwood Floor Care & Maintanence

  • Use felt pads to help protect your Maple Flooring from furniture wear.
  • Repair minor damage using color fill or color sealant.
  • Rearrange furniture and rugs to ensure even exposure to sunlight and to maintain consistent color across your Maple Flooring.
  • Place protective mats at doorways to help keep dirt and moisture off your floor:
    • A hard-surface rug underlayment may help reduce slips.

For more tips, visit our Hardwood Floor Care & Maintanence area.

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