Among domestic hardwoods, maple offers an excellent balance of beauty and durability. Maple hardwood floors have a beautiful golden color, perfect for a variety of styles and décor. Are you considering maple floors for your Katy home? Then here are a few helpful things to know, from our experts at Floor Coverings International Katy:
Maple hardwood flooring has a creamy, light color that sets it apart from other woods. However, depending on the quality, some maple flooring will have mineral streaks and other blemishes in the wood. The grain pattern in maple is very subtle and hard to see.
When considering maple hardwood floors, it’s important to know that the wood’s color can change with time. Maple has a tendency to yellow with age and sun exposure. Also, maple is usually at its best when unstained or stained to a light color. The wood does not accept dark stains well, and can tend to look blotchy and uneven.
There are several varieties of maple that are used to produce hardwood flooring, and some are more durable than others. Hard and Sugar Maple are the toughest, rating at 1450 on the Janka hardness scale (higher than oak). However, other types of maple are softer and more prone to scratches and dents.
Like all hardwoods, maple floors can be refinished to restore their look and feel. However, engineered maple can only be refinished once or twice, whereas solid wood can be refinished many times. Both engineered and solid maple is fairly stable, and can handle changes in temperature and humidity.
Maple is comparable in price to other domestic hardwoods like white and red oak. The grade or quality of the wood affects its price, so if you are looking for a high-grade maple (which is typically more uniform, with fewer blemishes), know that it will cost slightly more. However, hardwood floors are still a practical choice due to their long life and high resale value.
Interested in installing maple hardwoods in your Katy home? Call us today! Floor Coverings International Katy offers free in-home estimates and consultations.
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