Hard Maple Flooring

Your guide to hard Maple flooring.

Hard Maple flooring features strikingly beautiful grain patterns with clean and light hues that appeal to those seeking a more neutral floor. In addition to its aesthetic beauty, hard Maple flooring is renowned for its strength and durability. Ultimately, the density and natural color tones of Maple wood flooring make it the perfect component for interior design in everything from formal and traditional to casual and contemporary settings.

This introduction provides everything you need to know about hard Maple flooring, including answers to frequently asked questions and details about hard Maple flooring options available from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

Is hard Maple flooring right for your space?

While hard Maple flooring offers great options for a wide variety of design schemes, Carlisle also offers a number of other wide plank flooring possibilities.

  • Red Oak floors feature deep salmon tones in the heartwood with tight, consistent grain.
    White Oak offers dense and durable boards with nutty brown hues and dramatic grain patterns.
  • Rift & Quartersawn White Oak is cut with special techniques to create boards with straight parallel grain lines.
  • Ash floors have color variations that range from cream to light blonde to rich nutty brown hues.
  • Cherry floors have subtle but distinctive flowing grain patterns and deep red lustrous hues.
  • Hickory is among the toughest hardwoods and features hues that range from lighter blonde and beige to cocoa brown.
  • Birch floors feature grain patterns that range from subtle swirls to flame-like effects, with rich reddish-brown tones in the heartwood.
  • Walnut offers sumptuous dark rich chocolate hues with undertones ranging from purple to yellow.
  • Eastern White Pine boasts beautiful knots and smooth grain and can be finished in a variety of ways.
  • Heart Pine floors have a warm patina of colors that range from amber and pumpkin to dark, more modern hues.
  • Hit or Miss Pine reproduces the saw marks that were once made by early milling techniques.
  • Reclaimed flooring is available in Oak, Heart Pine and Chestnut hardwood flooring. We also offer
  • Reclaimed Milled Barnwood floors, Reclaimed Original Surface Barnwood for wall and ceiling paneling and Reclaimed Grandpa’s flooring, our most rustic option.

Carlisle: the leading name in wide plank hard Maple flooring.

For more than 50 years, Carlisle has been creating extraordinary wide plank floors – unique masterpieces that are the perfect expression of the owner’s aesthetic and sense of style. Patiently handcrafted by our New England artisans, Carlisle hard Maple flooring and other wide plank floors are more than simply surfaces to walk on – they are remarkable design elements of a home or business and the welcome reminder of where you are, every time you enter the room. With our forest-to-floor ethic and a commitment to sustainable forestry practices, you can be sure that our floors are produced using methods that let us preserve natural resources while harvesting the most mature and high-quality timbers.

Frequently Asked Questions: The 411 on hard Maple flooring

What is prefinished hard Maple flooring?

Prefinished hard Maple flooring is completed in the Carlisle facility before it is shipped to your home or business for installation. While unfinished flooring must be sanded and stained on site, creating a significant mess, prefinished floors let you skip that process. And since prefinished floors are sealed before they are delivered, you can also skip the noxious odors of polyurethane sealants and the inconvenience of having to vacate your property for several days while the floor is sealed.

What is engineered hard Maple flooring?

Hard Maple flooring at Carlisle can be solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring. Solid wood floorboards are made with a single piece of hardwood, while engineered floorboards are made with multiple layers to form a board that will not expand and contract dramatically as temperature and humidity change. Carlisle engineered hard Maple flooring is fashioned with a thick veneer of Maple attached to 5 – 11 layers of Baltic Birch to form the most stable engineered floor in the industry. Engineered floors are not appropriate for locations where the relative humidity consistently falls below 30%.

What is distressed hard Maple flooring?

A distressed floor is one that is treated to create the appearance of aged and weathered wood. Distressed hard Maple flooring may be given hand scraped edges or saw marks to re-create the look of floorboards that were cut and milled in centuries past. Other methods, exclusive to Carlisle, include Timeworn, Footworn and Brushed techniques that give floorboards the appearance of having been worn down by age, weather and generations of use.

What are the best ways to clean hard Maple flooring?

To avoid scratches, hard Maple flooring should be swept regularly to remove debris. Dirt and contaminants can be easily removed with a simple mixture of vinegar and water. Be sure to check your manufacturer’s or installer’s instructions for the best way to clean your hard Maple flooring.

How strong is hard Maple flooring?

Hard Maple flooring has a Janka hardness rating of 1450, placing it among the denser flooring options.

Can hard Maple flooring be stained?

As a hardwood with a neutral color, Maple can be stained to almost any hue. Carlisle design consultants can help you select the right stain for light or dark Maple floors. However, most people who opt for hard Maple flooring choose to finish their floors without stain, allowing the natural color of the Maple wood to shine.

What’s the difference between white Maple vs. brown Maple flooring?

White Maple and Brown Maple hardwood flooring come from the same type of Maple tree, but Brown Maple floorboards are cut from trees that have develop heartwood where the nutrients in the tree are no longer present in the very center of the timber. These timbers have more rich, brown streaks with striking variations in color.

What is wide plank hard Maple flooring?

Wide plank hard Maple flooring uses Maple floorboards that are 2 – 6 times wider than standard commercial flooring. The extra width of these planks allows the personality of the wood to emerge and the grain structure to be fully appreciated. Wide plank hard Maple flooring also has far fewer seams than traditional floors, giving the room a less busy look and more spacious feel.

What is hard Maple flooring?

Hard Maple flooring is a hardwood floor that is fashion from boards cut from Maple trees. With great density, neutral coloration and clear flowing grain with occasional swirls, Maple flooring is a highly fashionable option for a variety of interior design schemes.