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Traditional hardwood species: the classic look of maple

Posted on March 8th, 2012 In: Articles, Floor Sanding Articles

Maple is one of the most popular hardwood flooring options in North America, but homeowners in the UK are no strangers to its charms. Known for a creamy hue that can vary in shade from white to a light brown tinged with delicate orange, maple has the kind of close grain and subdued texture that can make it an elegant choice of flooring for any room in the house.

With a Janka rating of 1450, maple is more than 10% harder than red oak, which is commonly used as a reference point for discussing the hardness of woods used for flooring applications. Maple also exhibits slightly more dimensional stability than red oak, which makes it ideal for use with floors.

Drawbacks of maple include the fact that it does not tend to take to stains well; some parts of a plank may absorb more stain than others, which can lead to a splotchy appearance. For this reason, most maple floors are finished with a neutral top coat that allows the natural beauty of the maple itself to shine through. This actually makes good sense for another reason; why select a beautiful wood such as maple if you are going to obscure its natural beauty with some form of stain?

Maple takes well to floor sanding and finishing but it is best to hire a professional floor sanding London firm to assist you with this as the nature of the wood means that sanding marks may be obvious if the job is not done with great care. Professionals know how to sand in a way that leaves minimal finish lines and other marks.

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