Hard maple is a hardwood that grows mostly in Canada and the United States, often a choice for homeowners who are looking to brighten up their home with a unique and distinct floor that is durable. The wood has a close, generally straight grain that can also appear curly, wavy, or striped. The heartwood is reddish brown and sometimes quite dark, with the floor appearing creamy white with slight reddish tinge colors. Scratches and imperfections are more noticeable because of the close, even grain and pale color. However, Golden Elite offers a matte finish that will help make marks less noticeable.