Grain Type: Small pores prone to interlocking grain patterns and spalting (fungus from the live tree causing grain patterns to darken compared to the surrounding wood)
Color: Light color when first cut, darkens to yellow, red, or brown with sun exposure and time resulting in varied colors
Advantages: With many different types of maple woods, there is a lot of variety to choose from color to strength, dense and stable for long lasting results
Disadvantages: Can decay from changing in temperature or humidity, preventable with heavy finishing and proper care, stains can be difficult to apply due to grain patterns
Fun Maple Fact: Maple trees are the source of maple syrup
Maple wood is a popular flooring choice. The light colored wood will brighten up any room. Stains and textures can darken the grain pattern for a more serious style. Maple is similar to white oak but significantly harder. It is easy to maintain and more affordable than exotic hardwoods.