Maple Floors, Please chime in on stability
So we have our hearts set on Maple finished flooring for our remodel. We are on the 2nd and 3rd floor of a two family and have an open floor plan. To keep things light we wanted to go with Maple and my husband is not a big fan of the grain with oak.
We talked with the floor guy today and he said that maple can be less stable and we could have gaps in the winter from contracting. We don't want that. He mention quarter sawn white oak. We have had oak and pine in the past and wanted something different, but we want a stable floor minimal gaps. All the stability/hardness charts I have seen puts maple just a bit above the oaks.... Please tell me that he may have been wrong about maple and it is a fine floor to use.
We want to go with 3 1/4 width on site finished with Bona traffic, no stain.