BENEFITS OF MAPLE FLOORING
Like Hevea wood flooring, maple wood flooring is naturally light in color. Due to shorter growing seasons and colder winters, maples that grow in the east are harder than its western counterpart. The subtle pattern of maple wood is due to the tree’s straight grain but knots, curls, and other pattern variations add a whimsical touch to your maple hardwood flooring.
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About Maple Flooring
As part of a group of species, numbering 128 varieties, called Acer, the Maple is ubiquitous in North America. Canadians have it on their flag, and Quebecois and Vermonters alike tap it for the delicious syrup. While some species, such as the Elf Maple, have soft, narrow-grained wood that not good for commercial use, Maple hardwood flooring comes from either the American Sugar Maple or European Sycamore Maple. Besides flooring, the wood is used to make a great number of things, from bowling pins to recurve hunting bows and even bassoons. During the autumn, the gently rolling hills of the Appalachian and Adirondack Mountains, none of which are high enough to sport a tree line, become oceans of spectacular colors that must be seen to be believed.
There are five stunning examples of Maple flooring in the inventory: Chickory, Moriah, Bar Harbor Brown, Saddle and Oat Straw. Each Maple wood flooring has endearing qualities, such as Chickory, which is the darkest of the five. Looking almost as if it could be poured into a cup of coffee in a Bourbon Street bistro, it almost seems to swirl before your eyes in a twist of grain and color patterns.
Next darkest are Moriah and Bar Harbor Brown. They're both about the same shade of brown, but the former is tinged with red and would look fantastic in front of the orange glow of a fireplace. Moriah is softer than Chelsea Eucalyptus, but the hue is very similar. This means that they can be combined, with the Chelsea for high-traffic zones and Moriah for rooms and relaxed areas. Bar Harbor Brown Maple flooring looks like it'd be right at home as deck planks on the trawler of some nameless lobster fisherman or underfoot in a seafood shanty that smells of fresh fish, lemon and hot butter. Much the same color as Java strand-woven bamboo, it combines with the harder flooring in the same way as Moriah and Chelsea.
The two lightest colors are Saddle and Oat Straw Maple hardwood flooring. Saddle greatly resembles its namesake. It juxtaposes subdued browns with streaks of gold like sunlight filtering through the leaves, branches and bark of the trees in a Western oasis. Similar to Cinnamon Birch and Marmont Russian Elm, it is quite flexible as a decorative choice. Oat Straw flooring is dominated by light golds and is punctuated with black and dark brown streaks. It pairs well with light-colored, oaken furniture and Caramel Red Oak flooring.
All of these Maple wood flooring products measure 1,450 on the Janka scale, which means they can take a fair amount of use and punishment before needing major maintenance. To care for such a floor is not difficult. It should be dusted daily, cleaned with a specially designed wood cleaner monthly, and deeply cleansed once or twice a year. It is also a good idea to have a supply of polyurethane on hand to reseal the finish should a spot or particularly stubborn streak need removal with steel wool or sandpaper. Finally, a soft buffing material, such as a 100-percent cotton T-shirt, should be used to bring out the luster.
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