- You probably know Sugar Maple as the tree whose sap is boiled to make maple syrup. Well Sugar Maple, also known as Hard Maple, has excellent resistance to abrasion and wear, making it ideal wood flooring for high traffic areas. (They make cutting boards out of Hard Maple for a reason). Sugar Maple is also the wood of choice for ballroom and gymnasium floors.
- Soft Maple (also known as Red Maple) has properties similar to Hard Maple. Though it is called "soft maple", it is only soft in relation to Hard Maple, and is actually very similar in appearance to Hard Maple. Its hardness is comparable to that of Cherry.
- Maple trees grown above the 38th parallel, as ours are, are renowned for their very tight and uniform grain—the result of the shorter growing season. This makes the wood of northern Maple trees extremely durable.
- Maple's apperance varies depending on whether the floor is a natural run of heartwood and sapwood (resulting in some color variation) or whether the floor has been selected for blonde sapwood only. The wood of some maples exhibits unusual figure or markings, as shown in our Tiger Maple and Ambrosia Maple flooring.
Questions about Maple or other flooring? Call us at 1-800-353-3331.