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The wood flooring you are looking at on this website, if solid construction, is made 100% from this species of wood If it was made in an engineered format, then the upper wear layer only is likely made from this species of wood. The information on this species page is offered as a service to better educate prospective buyers about the wood they are buying and represents decades of our experience and knowledge of these woods when used in flooring. On this page you will find only GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION about this wood species. Please note that ONLY on the flooring page will you find the detailed information as to which specific grade, graining and surface treatment, and finish and stain colors have been used/selected for the actual wood flooring you are looking at.

Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
N. American Maple
Botanical Name
Acer, saccharum
Lumber Name
Hard Maple, Sugar Maple, North American Maple
Region
North America
Grows In
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

Color Range
North American Maple gas an extreme range of color variability as the wood varies in color from the pale cream colored sapwood on through to the different tan/brown tones to dark brown colors found in the heartwood. Darker woods are pulled for our "white" upper grades.
Color Change
North American Maple undergoes a medium degree of color change, with slight ambering from a cream/white to a more golden cream color over time.
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Acer, saccharum Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Acer, saccharum Photo Page

Hardness

N. American Maple is 115% as hard as red oak ( 1450 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

North American Maple may be used both residentially and commercially wherever the fine grained "white" look of maple is desired.

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
3 (unstable and in very dry climates prone to shrinking). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Acer, saccharum Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Acer, saccharum

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
N. American Maple
Acer, saccharum
Hard Maple, Sugar Maple, North American Maple
North America
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
North American Maple gas an extreme range of color variability as the wood varies in color from the pale cream colored sapwood on through to the different tan/brown tones to dark brown colors found in the heartwood. Darker woods are pulled for our "white" upper grades.
North American Maple undergoes a medium degree of color change, with slight ambering from a cream/white to a more golden cream color over time.
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
N. American Maple
3 (unstable and in very dry climates prone to shrinking)
#3 / +1.6%
+1.6%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00298
0.00192
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
North American Maple may be used both residentially and commercially wherever the fine grained "white" look of maple is desired.
Janka
Indent Tests
1450
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00298
0.00192

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