Advantages of using maple hardwood in your home
The rich elegant finish of maple hardwood flooring makes it a popular choice to replace tile and carpeted surfaces in the home. The updated look is not as expensive as you might think. Maple hardwood costs between $7 and $16 per square foot. Generally, maple hardwood is budget-friendly. Staining your maple flooring a darker color will increase the price.
Of course, cost is not the only advantage you can expect out of maple flooring. Maintenance is pretty easy - all you have to do is sweep up dust and dirt on a regular basis. For a deeper clean, use a mild soap (made for hardwood) and water solution. To maintain that shiny "like new" finish, make sure to buff your floor at least once every two years.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of all belongs to allergy sufferers. Carpets and ceramic tile surfaces can harbor pet dander, dust mites, and other irritants. These irritants make it difficult to create a comfortable allergy-free environment. Hardwood floors are naturally hypoallergenic.
Disadvantages of using maple hardwood in your home
While it is considered a high performance grade, maple hardwood is not weather resistant. Most of the places you will find maple flooring are temperature controlled (basketball courts and gymnasiums). Climate makes a big difference in the life of your flooring. Extreme changes in humidity and temperature will cause your maple hardwood floor to shift, split, and crack.
Turning up the heat will not save your maple hardwood from the ravages of a colder climate. The constant dry heat can cause the flooring to move.
A lot of homeowners choose a darker stain because it helps hide scuffs, scratches, and imperfections. Remember, any staining you wish to do should be left in the hands of a professional, especially if you want the results to look even and tidy. Do not skip the sealant coating after it has been stained. The sealant is what protects the wood and allows you to care for it properly.
Tips for using maple hardwood for flooring
Maple flooring is better in small areas of your home. The locale will make a difference in how easy it is to clean and can help minimize any visible damage. Smaller areas are also more responsive to temperature control. Purchasing a humidifier or a dehumidifier may be enough to add to the longevity of your floors if the hardwood is used in the right place.
After considering all the pros and cons, maple hardwood flooring is beautiful and affordable. Chances are, with a little planning, you will get the look of luxury you have always wanted without breaking the bank.
If you have questions about maple hardwood flooring or exotic hardwood floors, call Gowdy Flooring today at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via email. Check out our About Us to learn more about our company and staff. We welcome you to visit our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter Street in Amarillo, Texas.