Maple is a popular choice for timber flooring, because it is eye-catching and can brighten up a room with its pale colour, while still giving you a classic parquet style floor. With many other timbers much darker in shade, maple parquet flooring can be a refreshing and modern choice for a parquet floor.
Maple is grown in North America and in Europe, and is often described as being light blonde, or pale blonde in colour. Despite its light appearance, it is a heavy wood which is shock resistant and sturdy, ideal for making furniture. Its strength and attractive colouring makes it a popular choice with customers, and it is often used for gym halls in schools. Not just ideal for parquet flooring, maple is also popular for making musical instruments.
In rare cases, hard maple has a distinctive pattern which looks a bit like little, swirling eyes among the smooth lines of grain. These distortions, often quite beautiful ones, are known as “birds-eye” and occur within the rings of growth. This phenomenon is found in other species of wood too and the size of the “eyes” varies greatly. The cause of birds-eye figuring is a cause of much debate with wood scientists, who have so far failed to agree on exactly what causes it to happen. However it occurs, it can add a new dimension to your parquet floor design.
Bird’s eye maple has been described by some as a kind of growth “defect” resulting from grain deviation. Some think this unique pattern occurs mostly in places where the winters are severe and that the eyes are caused by wood fibres growing in different directions, but no one knows why they do this. Another explanation is that little dormant buds cause such eruptions when they grow out of the tree. There have also been ideas about fungi or insects being responsible, or even the quality of the soil, but for now these unusual patterns in your parquet floor will have to remain a mystery.
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