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Maple Flooring Pros and Cons

Weighing on Neutral Grounds the Pros and Cons of Maple Flooring

Maple wood comes with its own set of positives and negatives. Here's a look into the pros and cons of maple flooring, to help you decide whether it is a good choice for you.
Puja Lalwani
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018
Maple flooring is an exotic variety of hardwood flooring, that a lot of home owners are choosing for their homes. While a lot of people are taken in by the looks and beauty of this flooring, it is important to understand whether it is really suited for your home. Installing maple flooring depends on a lot of factors such as the climate, the area where it is used, and its maintenance.

  • All you require is to sweep off its dust regularly, which you can do with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Follow this up by cleaning with a solution of mild soap, meant for hardwood flooring, and water. Your floor will look as good as new, long after it has been installed.
  • Ensure that it is buffed at least once in two years, so that it can shine, and look fresh again.
To help you decide whether you want to opt for this flooring or not, here's a look into the pros and cons.

Pros of Maple Flooring
  • One of the many prominent pros is its beauty. It looks rich, elegant, and classy, making it a top choice to use within a home.
  • It can be stained to a darker color to look richer, which makes it versatile.
  • Its biggest advantage is that, after installation, it is very easy to maintain.
  • If you are prone to developing dust allergies from allergens that are commonly harbored by ceramic tiles or carpets, this type of flooring is a good choice, as it does not pose any such problems.
Cons of Maple Flooring
As is the case with everything, only outer beauty is not enough to make any product last. There are some disadvantages that need to be considered before going ahead, and installing this type of flooring.
  • The climate of the area you live in may end up being a major con. Maple flooring is not very resistant to humidity or heat. Erratic changes in humidity levels cause the boards to move, crack, and split. Even if you live in very cold climates, and turn on the furnace to keep your house warm, the flooring boards can move due to the excess heat. For the high cost, this is perhaps one of the biggest disadvantages. If you live in very humid climates, installing a dehumidifier is a good choice to maintain this flooring, and keep it in its original state. On the other hand, in a very hot/cold and dry climate, a humidifier may be necessary.
  • Apart from this, this flooring also gets scratched very easily. If it is of a lighter shade, these scratches can show up very prominently.
  • While maple flooring can be stained to a darker color, it is close to impossible to make it look lighter. In any case, the staining process should be carried out by a professional so that it looks even and tidy. After staining, it requires to be sealed so that the stain does not fade. It is important that the sealing process be carried out immediately, because sometimes, the manufacturer's sealant may not be very strong.
Being an expensive flooring variety, it can be an investment if maintained well. It would be a good idea to use this flooring in areas with sparse furnishing so that it is less prone to developing scratches, and can be cleaned easily. Further, it is easier to humidify or dehumidify a smaller area in the house. If you think you can handle all these pros and cons, it can be a great choice. It looks absolutely stunning, and will definitely increase the value of your home.
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