What’s the deal with maple?

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Utilizing maple in your home can be tricky. Here’s a few notes about picking a maple floor for your home.

maple wood flooringHardness: Harder than oak, it is great to reduce denting into the wood. A lot of customers are looking for ways to lessen the dog nail and shoe damage that comes from everyday living. Maple may be a good choice.

Staining: This is SO IMPORTANT when looking at solid maple flooring. Typically you would choose a solid floor in part because of the sand-ability of the hardwood. You can renew your floor with a full sanding but job finished maples and prefinished maples are completely different looks. Prefinished stains are done in a factory and include the process of many coats of a topical stain. It usually hides the grain of maple. Job finished stains are grain-penetrating. Meaning, they will bring the grain of the wood out. The grain of a maple tree can appear “splotchy” when it is job finished. Make sure you like that look or you will be cornered into a natural finish in the future.

Grain Pattern Style: Maple, like most hardwoods, is a chameleon in design. But, you need to think about the lack of graining in the wood (when in is prefinished) or the abundance of graining when it is stained on-site. The stark look of a wood floor without much graining can give off a more contemporary feel while the busier visuals of a stained maple can feel very casual.

The most important note is to be sure you are hiring a professional with knowledge of maple floors. If you are in the Saint Louis area and need a professional opinion, give us a call. We can help with your existing maple floors or assist you in picking out something new in maple. We are known as best flooring store in St. Louis.

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About the author 

Ralph Kuehn

Ralph Kuehn is the President of Champion Floor Company in St. Louis and has been in thee flooring industry for over 35 years. He has experience with everything related to flooring, from installation to estimating and sales. He is proud to work with his 2 daughters who are also part of the flooring industry, and share his passion and knowledge of flooring with them.

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