Red maple is a fantastic wood and it’s underrated. With certain finishing techniques, it is set apart from all other woods. As we continue to see, it’s a great material to install in flooring applications. There is very little we can say about Red maple that is negative. Red maple is used in furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, and of course plank flooring.
Red maple flooring has a grain pattern that is subdued. Red maple flooring looks good in its natural colour. Quite often, we stain it as this is when it really comes to life. If Red maple is stained and conditioned, it is take on a mottled appearance. Sometimes, it almost looks three dimensional.
It can be stained many different colours. In fact, Red maple takes well to just about any colour such as brown tones, white washing, grey washing, white/grey washing, ebony, Jacobean and other stains. Red maple is a beautiful option in lower grades that are not perfectly clear as select grades can tend to be lifeless. It is common for Red maple flooring to have smaller knots including pin knots, although many boards can be clear of knots. Colour variation is minimal and the grain pattern is subtle/
This type of flooring is fairly tough. It holds up reasonably well to denting. Red maple flooring is a great option for dogs, children, active lifestyles, and for those who don’t want to needlessly worry about their floors. It’s suitable just about anywhere and can be installed in your place of business, home or condo.
Red maple flooring does well with texture. We can mill it to have a flat top. We can also mill it to have sawn marks in the top. This gives a more rustic appearance. With a more rustic appearance, it becomes even more forgiving. Dents, scratches, scraps, wear and tear, and abuse are no match for Red maple that has textured saw marks. There are even options with regards to the appearance of a textured top floor. The saw marks can be sanded so that they aren’t rough, yet they are still visible. Another option is to fill the saw marks. What this does is give the illusion of a textured floor but in reality, it’s nearly flat as the filler has filled in the saw marks. The filler can be stained to blend into the wood, or it can be tinted to give a contrasting appearance.
Would you like texture but you don’t want the saw marks? There are options! Initially, we install the Red maple plank flooring with a flat top. After installation and during the finishing phase, we can add more subtle texture. With this process, texture is added and makes the Red maple flooring more forgiving to live with, and adds to the unique beauty. Install a locally grown Red maple plank floor and enjoy the results for decades.