October 30, 2009, Newsletter Issue #3: Hardwood Flooring Species: Maple

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Janka Hardness Scale Rating: 1450

Sugar maple is often considered the creme-de-la-creme of wood flooring. Not only is it beautiful, but it's sturdy, dense, hard -- and therefore scuff- and scratch-resistant. Maple is often used in flooring that get a lot of abuse, like bowling alleys, for this reason.

Think of a bowling alley when you think of maple's color as well; its sapwood is that same creamy white. The heartwood can be the same, or sometimes has a light reddish-brown hue. Although the wood has a closed grain and medium texture, some unique pieces may have "figuring" (scrolls, curls, other markings). These planks are often selected for higher sale due to their interesting patterns.

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