This is “hard” Maple, the same Maple that’s tapped for the production of syrup. We call it “character” grade because it allows for many features from the log to be included. It’s from a premier manufacturer and is coated with their most durable state-of-the-art finish. This flooring is suitable for above grade installations, and can be nailed, or glued with the appropriate mastic. The finish has a limited 25-year residential warranty. The supply is limited at this price.