Oak vs Maple Hardwood Floors
There is much discussion when it comes to maple hardwood floors if they are truly superior and more beautiful than other hardwood floors. Maple is a light-colored, hardwood that is often selected for it's natural beauty and it's durability. However, any time you are looking at installing a hardwood floor, You will want to set a few priorities. For many, these priorities are beauty, durability and the cost.
Maple comes in a variety of types and "hardnesses" for flooring. You should keep this in mind when considering the installation of a maple floor. Not all hardwoods are created equal, nor all all maple hardwoods. Many people prefer maple over other types of hardwood due to it's unique grain, and light delicate color. Initially, it seems that maple is more costly than the other most popular choice in hardwood flooring, oak, but that is not necessarily the case. By the time the same quality of materi8al is purchased in an oak floor, the cost is pretty close to that of maple. Perhaps the biggest drawback to maple is the fact that due to it's grain pattern, maple tends to be less durable than oak, where the grain is tighter.
Oak flooring is a popular choice due to it's plentiful sources, and it's lower price tag. Oak is one of the oldest forms of flooring material, and it's golden beauty and interesting grain pattern is highly desired by many. While, at least initially, it seems that the oak is much less costly than that of maple, it will quickly become apparent that the reason that the oak is "cheaper" is due to the inferiority of the material. One to find an oak that rivals that of maple, you will see that the cost is very comparable to one another. It is ultimately, cheaper than maple, but not by much. Oak is a good bit more durable than wood floors are, as the grain of the wood is more tightly packed than maple, thus it is less likely to become damaged in the event of spills, gouges, cracks or warping.
While one type of flooring may seem less expensive or better than another for any number of reasons, ultimately it boils down to the fact that good quality materials will make a significant difference when comparison shopping between differences in hardwoods. It is tempting to lean towards the $2.00 per square foot oak when maple is between $7.00 and $10.00. However, typically the $2.00 product is far inferior to the higher priced materials. The other main thing to keep in mind is that you will be living with this floor for a long time, perhaps the length of the life of the house and more.