Janka Hardness Rating 1450 Maple hardwood flooring is a dense and durable. It looks beautiful in a range of decorating styles in your home, from traditional to contemporary. Its light- to medium-brown hues give a clean, refined look to your floors. Maple hardwood flooring is also easy to maintain. Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown.