More About Reclaimed Maple Flooring

Many people think about maple syrup when they consider the maple tree. Either that or they are reminded of Canada. Maple, however makes great flooring.

Timber from the sugar maple (AKA 'hard maple' and 'rock maple') was popular for making flooring for public buildings in the past. Because maple is durable and hard (it has a Janka Hardness of 1,450 pounds force) and provides good traction it was commonly used to make gym floors and bowling alleys.

Antique or reclaimed maple flooring has a subtle and distinctive grain and comes in a blond or pale red color. It should be remembered that maple does not stain well so don't buy reclaimed maple flooring with a notion that you can change the color at a later date.

Because maple was a popular flooring material in the past, a lot of maple flooring planks have been salvaged. Much of this antique maple flooring is in very good condition. Namely, it is free of marks, dents and scratches. This makes antique maple flooring ideal for people who want sustainable flooring but who are not keen on the 'rustic' look.

Birdseye maple is not a separate type of maple. Rather it is an effect that occurs in certain maple trees. Scientists are puzzled as to the exact cause of the birdseye effect. Birdseye maple has tiny swirling eye shapes in its grain. Birdseye maple is comparatively rare and as such is expensive both new and reclaimed.

For those who are keen on buying reclaimed maple flooring it should be remembered that it is more expensive than other types of reclaimed hardwood flooring. For this reason it is a good idea to get several quotes before deciding on a supplier.

Finally, the high sugar content of maple flooring makes it unsuitable for areas where termites live.

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