Maple Hardwood Floors – Durability That Lasts For Years
There are a lot of reasons homeowners prefer to install maple hardwood flooring. If you are considering remodeling your home and part of that job is changing out your floors, there are some things you may want to know first. It’s difficult to know which type of hardwood floor will go best in your home. There are so many things to be mindful of. Matching it with your furniture, the walls, your personality as well as your lifestyle are no easy feats.
Most Popular for a Good Reason
While you may not be the type to follow what your neighbors and friends are doing, there’s a good reason why maple hardwood is the most popular choice. Among the reasons you’ll find this in more homes than nearly any other type of wood are:
- Strong and durable
- Readily available
- Although difficult to sand, it takes to stains easily
- Neutral colors blend well with most furnishings
- Very affordable
One of the hardest woods available, maple can withstand the punishment inflicted by a normal family. Whether you have kids or not, are a dog or a cat person, go head, dish it out! Your maple hardwood flooring can take it! If your son keeps playing basketball in the house, despite how many times you’ve asked him not to, the floor can handle it. If your husband refuses to take off his muddy shoes after coming in from a day’s work, it can take that as well. Although you don’t want to drop your dishes on the floor or your pots and pans for that matter, if you do, you won’t ruin maple. Hardwood is after all durable, isn’t it?
Once you've finished with your initial sanding you must sweep and vacuum the dust from your floor and lightly wash it. This part is often not given the proper care it deserves and is very important when refinishing hardwood floors. The reason it is so important is that the tiniest speck of dirt and dust will show up when you stain the floor. It is also important that you use only a damp mop for washing the floor rather than a wet mop. If there is too much water in the floor that has been sanded it will cause stains.
Growing throughout the northeast, there are more maple trees than nearly all others combined. If you are worrying about depleting Mother Nature’s reserve, it’s just not possible. In fact, it’s so plentiful, it’s considered eco-friendly. So, without a shred of guilt in your mind, have your maple hardwood flooring.
The thing that makes maple take a stain well and maintain that beautiful luster is that it has tiny pores. Unlike, for example, oak, which has very large pores (as evidenced by the telltale knots), maple stains easily and looks as shiny in ten years as it does the day you finish installing it.
Apart from all the attributes listed above, another thing many people like about maple hardwood is that it’s rather neutral. It neither conveys overly sophisticated nor too casual, matching your light colored furniture, your deep cherry tones and anything in between. With some of the darker woods, you run the risk that your floor will be more formal than your furniture. Ideally they should match or compliment one another. And if your furniture says stylish without being overly formal, your neutral maple hardwood flooring will bring out the best of everything in any room.
Lastly, but by no means the least important, with all these features, you’ll be pleased to know that your maple hardwood flooring is well within your reach, financially.