About Maple Hardwood Flooring

Maple hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for home applications. It is very durable averaging a Janka ranking of 1450, 12% harder than red oak. Maple is commonly used in bowling alleys and for basket ball courts because it is extremely resistant to moisture, and therefore fungus and bacteria. It would work well in kitchens and bathrooms.

Appearance

Natural maple varies in color from a light blond to a deep rust color; however, you can find finished maple flooring in any color from very dark to very light, as it takes varnish well.

Maple hardwood has three distinct wood patterns: flame, quilt and Birdseye. Flame maple has a flame-like pattern, which is produced when irregular growth periods make an undulating fiber pattern. Flame maple has a prized appearance and is often found on guitar bodies or in fine furniture. You can also find it in hardwood flooring.

Quilt maple is another lovely pattern in maple wood, often seen with flat cut planks. It has a rippled appearance similar to rippling water.

Finally, Birdseye maple is a beautiful pattern often found in sugar maple wood with a characteristic tiny swirl that looks a little bit like the eye of a bird. It also is similar in appearance to burled wood, but does not have the hard knots.

Installation

Tradtional maple hardwood flooring planks are installed either by the nail-down or glue-down methods. Depending with flooring product you choose, you may also find a floating floor product that has interlocking planks and does not require direct attachment to the floor. Floating floors, sometimes called click flooring, work well in basements, which require a moisture barrier to be installed over the sub-floor and under the finished floor. You should check for product spec on a retailer’s website, such as Lumber Liquidators, for the recommended installation method for each product.

Costs

Unless you find a deal at a discount retailer like Lumber Liquidators, you can expect to pay on average between $5.00 and $8.00 per square foot for maple hardwood flooring from a major retailer like Lowes. This price does not include installation costs. To get a better idea how much your whole project will cost, you can consult an installation calculator.