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Solid Wood Floor, Maple in Stroud, 2003-2014. Looking great 11 years later!

We originally installed this solid wooden floor in 2003 and recently returned to give it a light sand and recoat it with oil.  Eleven years after the original installation, in a heavily used location, an open plan kitchen diner, the floor still looks great.  There were several interesting features to this job – a threshold border between slate and maple, several highly visible surrounds around the wooden posts supporting the pale, oiled spiral staircase and a surround for the feature wood stove.  We were really pleased to see that all these features were still looking good and the owners were delighted with the “good as new” look we achieved with the maintenance.  We renovated and re-oiled the Scandinavian wooden staircase while we were there too.  These pictures were all taken 11 years after the original installation.

Maple floor in Stroud - threshold border between slate and maple, several highly visible surrounds around the wooden posts supporting the pale, oiled spiral staircase and a surround for the feature wood stove.        top view of the maple floor in Stroud, showing the Scandinavian staircase

Maple – organic beauty, natural strength

Note the variation on widths and lengths of the solid maple boards. You may not notice it at first but many of us unconsciously prefer variety in pattern and placement. Perhaps because the natural world is full of variety and we have evolved to think of natural thing as beautiful. So the whirls and knots in a maple floor, the dark and light shades and the ever changing grain in a natural, solid, wood floor remind us of the organic and irregular shapes of nature. Perhaps why we can immediately see the value of a lifelong wood floor over cheap plasticised laminate flooring.

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Maple floors have been used for years in schools, town halls and sports centres. Have you ever stopped to think what is under your feet on the badminton or squash court? And the good news is that the irregular patterns and grains which will look so good in your house are not wanted by the sports centres, who prefer the bland and uniform look. So much more beauty left for you!

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Add value to your home with a maple floor

You couldn’t make a better investment than a hardwood floor. You can see more of this beautiful maple floor which we installed in the Cotswold town of Stroud in Gloucestershire.

This floor is also featured on the Springhill Cohousing web site.

Maple Floor, Stroud

Maple makes a beautiful floor with a contemporary feel.
Maple is extremely hard wearing and is often used in wooden floors for sports halls and indoor sports such as squash.
One very interesting facet of maple floors is that the top grade maple floors can be very bland as they are designed for these sports or commercial settings, but the second grade maple (though it can take a little longer to install) can be beautifully figured with intricate grain, knots and minor imperfections which when carefully sanded and oiled look very attractive in a domestic setting.

tokitchen       this modern maple floor fits in perfectly with the spiral staircase and picks up the light from the south facing windows

A rare case of the cheaper material looking better than the more expensive!

Maple floor installed in the Cotswold town of Stroud, Gloucestershire by Bristol Wood Floors
Maple gives a light and modern feel to homes such as this.

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The photos above were taken in 2003.  Eleven years after the initial installation we went back to see how the wooden floor was looking and give it a light sanding and some more coats of oil.
See how this maple floor looked after 11 years of hard wear.