Maple Vs Oak Hardwood Flooring: Which One Is Right For You?

30 March 2016
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Hardwood flooring is a popular choice among homeowners and property owners as it is durable, visually appealing, and long lasting. Once you've decided hardwood flooring is the right flooring for you, you have to decide what type of hardwood you want. Namely, will you be installing maple or oak floors? In order to make your decision a little easier, consider looking at the pros and cons of each option.

Some Great Things About Both

Both hardwoods are available in different sizes and styles so you can make sure to get what you need and want for your home. They both can be refinished and need to be sealed regularly to keep them as good as new.

The Pros of Maple Flooring

Maple is a lighter wood that has a creamy appearance. Maple flooring is resistant to moisture, so it doesn't allow for the growth of fungus in your flooring. It comes in different shades based on the age of the tree and where it was grown.

The Cons of Maple Flooring

Some of the cons of having a maple floor is that it has two different types of structures, hard and soft cell. This means that if you stain it there can be an unevenness to the look. Conditioning it first can help this, but there will always be parts of the wood that take the stain differently than others. Another con to look out for is that it can yellow a bit with age.  This isn't a deal breaker; you just have to be careful with the treatments you use on the wood.

The Pros of Oak Flooring

There are several different types of oak flooring for you to consider. Red oak and white oak are two popular choices. White oak is popular because of its linear grain. Oak has a very stable make so it stands up over time to a lot of use and the elements.

The Cons of Oak Flooring

Since oak tends to be more popular than maple, homes with oak floors don't stand out as much as homes with maple floors. If you are looking to have a unique and different type of flooring, oak is not the flooring you want.

As you can see, the downsides to maple and oak flooring are so far and few between that you will likely be happy with either choice. This is a decision usually made by a person's budget and which flooring they find more visually appealing.