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Reference guide of wood species

Native Sugar Maple Map

"Hard Maple" grain-lines up close

Hard Maple hardwood flooring sanded and finished natural.

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     There are many different species of Maple trees. The one in particular used most often in flooring, is called "hard maple," "rock maple," or "sugar maple." It is one of the largest and more important of the hardwoods because of its many uses. (Don't get this species of Maple confused with other Maple species which are generally soft woods) This species of maple is significantly more dense than its many other related species.


     It has a Janka rating of 1450 and grows on approximately 31 million acres, while producing approximately 6% of the timber in the United States. The greatest commercial volumes are presently in Michigan, New York, Maine, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. 

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Sugar Maple Tree

Hard Maple hardwood flooring sanded and finished natural with an oil-based poly

Examples of Different Maple Species

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Maple(Acer Saccharum)

maple hardwood flooring up close

     In the 1870's and 1880's it wasn't unusual to find living rooms and dining rooms laid in alternating strips of walnut and maple hardwood flooring.  Popular in kitchens due to its strength and resilience.  It is a species that has minimal open pores which allows it to tolerate moisture and heat better than say, for example, Red Oak. 

     The light colored wood is seen almost as often as Oak, and is usually, not stained a dark color, but is kept in its natural creamy white color.  Keep in mind that with this particular hardwood, when sanded and refinished, it is best to use a water-based poly. An oil-based poly will yellow the floor losing its natural cream color.

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