Maple Wood Flooring

A short primer on Maple wood flooring.

Maple wood flooring is the perfect solution for those looking for a neutral hardwood floor to complement their decor. Maple flooring features cleaner and lighter hues reminiscent of flowing water, with grain patterns that are subtler than Hickory or Oak floors. Made with highly dense hardwood, Maple wood flooring is known for both its durability and aesthetic beauty. It’s easy to see why there is such strong demand for Maple hardwood flooring for both traditional and contemporary interiors.

In this brief introduction, we’ll explore the basics of Maple wood flooring and the many options for Maple and other wide plank flooring available from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

What is Maple wood flooring?

Maple wood flooring is a hardwood flooring surface created with floorboards that are cut from hard Maple trees. Maple hardwood features strikingly beautiful grain patterns with neutral color tones, which is why Maple wood flooring is often finished without a stain. At Carlisle, Maple wood flooring is made with planks harvested from mature trees in the colder northeastern climate of New England, where the shorter growing season promotes tighter growth rings and makes Carlisle Maple a more stable choice than standard Maple floors

Customizing your Maple wood flooring with Carlisle.

When you come to Carlisle Wide Plank Floors for Maple wood flooring, you’ll find a great many ways to customize your floor to make it truly one-of-a-kind.

Wood, grade and width

At Carlisle, you’ll have a choice of both White Maple and Brown Maple flooring. You can also explore a wide range of hardwood floors, Pine floors and Reclaimed Pine, Oak and Chestnut hardwood flooring.

Once you’ve selected your wood based on coloration, grain patterns and density, you can use Carlisle’s proprietary grading system to refine the look of your floor. Our Original Grade offers more knots, color and grain variation for a relaxed and rustic look, while our Heirloom Grade provides planks with less variation for a more refined appearance. Our Signature Grade is a well-balanced combination of Heirloom and Original Grade characteristics.

Finally, you have the option of choosing the width of your boards. Maple wood flooring at Carlisle is available in widths up to 12″. Varying the widths produces a floor with a great deal of visual interest, while keeping a consistent width results in a more uniform appearance.

Structure of the floorboards

Carlisle offers both solid and engineered Maple wood flooring. A solid Maple wood floor is made of floorboards cut from a single piece of Maple, while an engineered Maple floor is made of a veneer of Maple that is adhered to multiple layers of Baltic Birch to create a highly solid core. An engineered floor is more resistant to larger-than-usual changes in temperature and humidity, making engineered Maple wood flooring ideal for installation in basements, on radiant heating systems, over concrete slabs, and throughout homes where the relative humidity may rise or drop significantly with the season. Engineered flooring is not recommend for locations where the relative humidity drops below 30%.

Finished or unfinished?

You also have the option of choosing unfinished or prefinished Maple wood flooring. Unfinished flooring must be sanded, stained and sealed after installation, creating a significant amount of mess and odor and requiring that you vacate your property for a day or two. Prefinished Maple wood flooring is delivered already sealed and ready for installation, allowing you to avoid the mess and inconvenience of finishing your floor on site.

Stain or no stain?

While Maple wood flooring is frequently finished without a stain, you have the option of choosing from a virtually unlimited assortment of colors at Carlisle. Whether you prefer light or dark maple floors, our design consultants will work closely with you to make sure your finish colors are perfectly suited to your design scheme.

Texture and pattern

Maple wood flooring can be textured or distressed to give it an older, antique appearance. Distressing techniques like adding hand scraped edges and saw marks help to make boards look like they were manufactured more than a century ago. Carlisle also offers several exclusive techniques that can give new Maple wood flooring a timeworn, footworn or gently brushed appearance.

Finally, Maple wood flooring can be installed with a Chevron, Herringbone, Versailles or custom parquet pattern to add additional elegance and visual interest to the room.

Exceptional Maple wood flooring. Extraordinary customer service.

As you consider all the options for Maple wood flooring and other wide plank floors at Carlisle, our customer service team can provide expert guidance, attentive assistance and knowledgeable answers to every question. From exploring your choices in wood to matching colors and selecting grades, our team is available every step of the way to make sure the process of designing your floor is as pleasurable as living on it. If you know exactly what you want, we’ll make sure you get it – down to the very last detail. And if you’re brand-new to the world of wide plank floors, we’ll be delighted to serve as your tutor, providing help and education wherever you need it.

Why choose Carlisle for Maple wood flooring?

For more than 50 years, the Carlisle name has been associated with innovation and leadership in flooring fashion for homes and businesses throughout the globe. A Carlisle floor is a defining feature of any space, a conversation starter for guests and a welcome reminder of where you are every time you enter the room.

The quality of craftsmanship involved in producing Carlisle Maple wood flooring and other hardwood floors is nothing short of remarkable. Our craftsmen are true New England artisans – they live and breathe find wood and woodworking technique, and they are brilliant at divining the stories told by color variations and grain patterns in the wood. No detail is too small to escape their attention, and they painstakingly inspect every board to make sure it is the perfect fit for your Carlisle floor.

Frequently Asked Questions: The 411 on hard Maple flooring

What are the best ways for how to clean Maple wood flooring?

Maple floors should be swept regularly to eliminate debris that can scratch the floor. Maple wood flooring can be cleaned with a mixture of 1 or 2 ounces of vinegar to 2 gallons of water – the natural acidity of vinegar helps to loosen dirt from the surface, and vinegar is safe for the floor and for the environment.

Can Maple wood flooring be stained?

Maple holds stain easily and can be colored to a wide variety of hues, but this hardwood floor is most often finished without a stain thanks to its neutral color that pairs well with any design and decor.

How durable is Maple wood flooring?

Maple has a hardness rating of 1450, making it one of the more durable and dense hardwood floors. Consequently, hard Maple flooring is very resistant to dents and dings, though scratches may show more easily thanks to subtler grain patterns.

What is wide plank Maple wood flooring?

Wide plank Maple wood flooring is made with Maple floorboards that may be up to 12″ wide and up to 12′ in length. Because wide plank floors are 2-6 times wider than standard commercial flooring, the personality, coloration and grain patterns of Maple wood is allowed to shine through and be fully appreciated on each plank. Wide plank floors also have a lot less seams between floorboards, giving the floor at less busy feel and making any room seem more spacious.

What’s the difference between white and brown Maple wood flooring?

Both White Maple and Brown Maple floors are made from the White Maple tree. Brown Maple flooring is made from trees that have developed heartwood at the core of the timber due to its age. This produces floorboards with rich brown streaks and striking variations in color and character.