Interested in maple hardwood floors for your Princeton home? Maple is a popular choice because of its classic golden hue, its affordable price, and its durability. But with so many hardwood species to choose from, our Floor Coverings International Hillsborough experts want to make sure you have the information to make an educated decision. Here are a few things to know about maple hardwood flooring before you install it in your own home:
About Maple Hardwood
- Maple is usually picked for its naturally light color and golden undertones, but it can also be stained to a range of hues to suit your preference. Maple wood has a fine, consistent grain pattern that helps it to blend easily with all kinds of décor.
- There are many subspecies and grades of maple hardwood, so depending on the type you choose, the quality and price of the wood may be affected. Fortunately, this means that you can find a maple wood floor to fit almost any budget. Just be aware that cheaper maple flooring options may have more natural blemishes.
- Maple hardwood floors are generally quite durable. On the Janka hardness scale, hard maple (also called sugar maple) rates at 1450 – higher than many other domestic species, like oak, cherry, and walnut. However, there are some species of maple (such as red maple) that are considerably softer and more susceptible to dents and scratches. Regardless, maple floors can last for decades if properly maintained.
- Light maple floors can tend to show scuff marks from rubber-soled shoes more obviously than other hardwood floors. However, a good mop or scrub should easily remove these marks.
To see our selection of maple hardwood samples, just give us a call! Floor Coverings International Hillsborough offers free in-home consultations to homeowners in the Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton area.
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