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Maple v Oak

Posted by Tim Jarrett on October 7th, 1999 06:47 PM
In reply to Hardwood Floors - Oak vs. Maple by met on October 6th, 1999 02:39 PM [Go to top of thread]

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First of all, mills only use Hard Maple
when running flooring, secondly, Maple is
one of if not the hardest domestic wood
species on the market and will resist
denting and wear better than Oak.

Also, a prefinished floor is not a better
way to go, most pre finished planks have
beveled edges which will trap dirt and
will let moisture through to the
underlayment. A site finished floor with
3 to 4 coats of Oil Based Poly will give
you a 100 year floor and with care will
need to be refinished maybe once.

As for the choice between Oak and Maple,
it is a personal preference, if you like
a light wood with little grain pattern,
then Maple, (there are lower grades with
more charachter) if you like to see the
grain and want to stain, then Oak. Maple does not stain well at all, so keep that in mind.

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