Chicago Hardwood Floor Maple 2-1/4″ Install + Sand + Stain Natural color + 3 coat Bona Traffic Satin .
I will tell a few words about the wood Maple is slightly harder than oak is (1450 on Janka hardness scale vs. Red Oak at 1290) and it is light in color than oak.
Maple hardwood generally comes from Canada and the northern US. Maple has light graining for a smoother and sleeker look. It’s more modern and contemporary while oak is more classic and traditional. Some customers prefer this light color and smoother look, while others feel it has less character.
Maple is more expensive than oak and the difference varies pending on which grade of maple it is.
Maple tends to yellow a bit more over time, especially in rooms that have a lot of light.
Maple does not absorb the stain as well as an oak does Because of this, maples with stains tend to have a bit of ‘blotchiness” in them…some people prefer this look; others think it looks fake.
Maple just absorbs stains differently…and with some of the darker stains, they turn gray…which is a very stylized look.