Maple Wide Plank Flooring
Perfect for High-Traffic Areas
Here in Vermont, maple trees are serious business. Our sugar maples produce the finest (and sweetest) pure maple syrup on the planet, and we’re proud of it. So much so that the maple has been deemed the official state tree of Vermont.
But aside from making our pancakes taste great, our maples are also the source of a variety of wood products, including furniture, bowling pins and lanes, guitar necks, and of course, stunning hardwood flooring.
Maple is used in the making of a variety of musical instruments, including violins, bassoons, and drums. It is a tonewood, which means that it carries sound waves well and produces a bright resonance.That outstanding resonance extends from the aural realm into the visual realm, naturally. Most obvious are those vibrant burnt orange and fiery red leaves that make such a show each autumn on Vermont’s hillsides. Similarly, when cut and sawn, maple’s predominantly straight subtle grain and rich amber hue brighten and enliven any space. Maple is probably not the best option if you are looking for a dramatic grain and a variety of visual textures in your flooring (if you are, consider instead walnut or white oak). If you want a radiant, harmonious look, maple is on the mark.
What Size Planks are Available?
The sugar maples we mill at Vermont Plank Flooring typically mature at between 60 and 100 feet in height, and with trunks up to four feet in diameter. And because the woodlots they grow in are managed for sustainability, each maple is given space to spread its limbs. Without competition for sunlight, they grow straight and strong, providing us with planks in widths of up to twelve inches, and lengths of up to twelve feet. Those wide and long planks create a luxuriousness and openness that will make any room feel more expansive.
How Durable is Maple?
Maple is extremely durable. Just consider the maple bowling pin at the receiving end of the bowling ball. Maple sits near the top of the chart for domestic hardwoods when it comes to hardness, ranked only behind hickory. That means it is less prone to dents. Maple can show scratches however, which makes the choice of a quality protective finish critical. The good news is that maple’s relative porosity allows it to accept those stains and finishes well. Our custom finish department can help you choose the best option to keep your maple flooring looking brand new.
What Will It Look Like in My Home?
Vermont Plank Flooring offers two grades of maple planks, select and character. Select is dramatically uniform, with minimal grain pattern or color variation. Character grade provides a little more variety, with an occasional small knot and some distinction of color tones, including light browns and soft reds.
But with either grade, maple’s preeminent buttery flaxen coloration and subtle uniform grain creates a bright, clean look that has made it a perennial flooring favorite. That popularity has flourished in recent years with the growing interest in Scandinavian and mid-century modern-inspired interior design, as maple accentuates those airy, elegantly minimalist styles. Maple optimizes natural light, and with a variety of stain options available—from bone-white to rich brown—it has the capability of providing a lively backdrop for any interior theme, from formal to rustic.
Where in My Home is Maple Flooring Best Suited?
Maple’s durability and hardness makes it well suited for active areas of your home, including the living room, family room, stairways, and hallways. Pet claws and kitchen chairs sliding this way and that may leave some scratches, but proper finish and well-placed rugs will help minimize that concern. A quality finish will also make it easy to clean and maintain your maple floors.
For rooms with the potential for moisture and wetness, including bathrooms, basements and entryways, we recommend moisture-resistant engineered flooring. Engineered maple also offers much greater stability than solid maple, which has a propensity to expand and contract with climatic fluctuations.
How Does Engineered Maple Wide Plank Flooring Differ from Solid Hardwood Flooring?
For flooring laid on concrete, below grade family rooms and basements, or in a location where moisture is likely to be present, or if you seek greater stability than solid maple offers, our engineered wide plank flooring is your answer.