In an open letter to Architects, the MFMA recommended moving away from 33/32″ maple strip flooring. Current studies have shown that we need to rethink using this thicker wood size.
33/32″ was the standard for many years in the Maple Flooring Industry. It could take 8-10 sandings and moved the life cycle of the floor to 60+ years. 25/32″ provides 4-6 sandings with a regular maintenance schedule and the floor can last upwards of 40 years.
As an example of “over-engineering”, recent analysis has shown that only 1% of replacement floors were necessary because of depleted wear surface. The most common reasons to replace flooring has been flooding, improper maintenance practices and demolition/replacement of buildings.
The MFMA is asking that we limit the specification of 33/32″ thick maple flooring to projects where it is truly necessary. “By reducing the number of installations for which this type of “over-engineering” is currently being done, we can reduce the waste of a natural resource and to allow the supply of maple hardwood to exist in perpetuity.”
Mathusek has been installating Maple Wood Flooring since 1965. We support the MFMA in their efforts towards SUSTAINABILITY. Contact Mathusek-THE EXPERTS-and let us know how we can help you design your next project.
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