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Timber Flooring |Auckland | The Wooden Floor Company


The timber flooring from Kährs represents the global gold standard for style, quality, and sustainability. Visit our showroom to witness the benefits. 

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Timber Flooring |Auckland | The Wooden Floor Company


The timber flooring from Kährs represents the global gold standard for style, quality, and sustainability. Visit our showroom to witness the benefits. 

Kahrs Wooden Flooring options
Our Swedish heritage characterises our business in many ways, from our deep-rooted respect for the environment and our commitment to quality, to the clean, Scandinavian design of our floors.
— Kährs philosophy

Kährs                              

With more than 150 years in the timber flooring business, Kährs is one of the oldest, as well as one the most innovative flooring companies in the world. This Swedish-born company has a long history of introducing ground-breaking wood flooring technology and we can deliver these benefits to you.

As one of Europe’s leading wood floor producers, you can find Kährs in homes, offices, shops, hotels, concert halls, theatres and sports arenas from China to the US. Originally founded in Sweden in 1857, these iconic wood floors are now available around the world, offering a high-quality and eco-friendly floor that is ethically sourced from sustainable growing environments.  A wood floor will last for generations, saving natural resources and this is at the heart of the Kährs philosophy.

Timber Flooring Solutions Overview

Key features and benefits of Kährs timber floors include:

·         Range of timbers - a truly vast selection of timbers and excellent décor selections are available

·         The very latest technologies in engineered wood flooring – Kährs harnesses top quality solutions, ensuring an exceptionally long life and durability in any environment

·         Meticulous quality standards – All Kährs timber floor products are subject to strict quality assurance standards.

·         Design choices – The huge selection of different timbers and floor design styles is one of the reasons these timber floors are the true "designer standard"   

When you buy Kährs, you're buying the best timber flooring in the world. Explore the information below to learn more.

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Flooring Considerations


6 things to consider before you buy a floor

Flooring Considerations


6 things to consider before you buy a floor

6 important things you should be aware of

Kährs is one of the world's oldest wood floor manufacturers still in business, having worked with wood for 150 years, we believe that we have experienced most things and would suggest that you should be aware of the following.


1. Wood floors are a natural choice

Wood is natural and grows in our forests. It is beautiful to look at, comfortable to walk on, creates an ambience that lasts a long time and is non-allergenic. Wood is also renewable, unlike plastics and many other modern materials, so when it has to be replaced, one day far in the future, it returns to Mother Nature.


2. Wood becomes more beautiful over time

All wood changes colour over time. Various species change when they are exposed to sunlight. Some species darken rapidly, while others change less dramatically and more slowly. Nature never stands still, that is the charm of a natural material.


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3. Smart floors are kinder to nature

A modern wood floor is constructed on the multi-layer principle. A floor with our construction is stable and stays level even during seasonal variations in temperature and air humidity. A solid wood floor, on the other hand, warps easily and cracks. Solid floors are also an unnecessary drain on natural resources. A Kährs floor makes economical, responsible and sensible use of natural resources without compromising its lifespan.
Just the opposite!


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4. WOODLOC ® - ideal with underfloor heating

A Kährs floor with Woodloc® is the world's leading quality floor with the world's best mechanical joint. Woodloc® does not just mean that the floor can be installed quickly and efficiently. It also guarantees that the floor stays flat and that gaps will never appear between the planks. The fact is that the Woodloc joint retains its strength throughout the floor's lifetime. So a floor from Kährs is also ideal with underfloor heating. 


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5. Do you want Wood that feels like wood?

The surface treatment on a wood floor must be strong enough to withstand daily wear and tear, yet sufficiently thin and transparent that you can see and experience the feeling of nature. We have therefore developed an extra-strong lacquer that only needs to be applied in a thin layer, which retains the character of the wood.

Some wood floors have a layer of lacquer so thick that the floor feels plastic and artificial. If you want to feel even more texture, you can choose a floor with matt lacquer or natural oil.


6. Who will use the floor?

Who will be walking on it? Adults, children, pets? Do you wear outdoor shoes in the home? Where will it be installed, living room, kitchen, bedroom? The hardness of the wood can be a crucial practical factor when you make your selection. There are many species that look similar but differ dramatically in hardness. Choose the right species for the right room, situation and lifestyle.

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Wood - A Natural Material


Kährs have over 150 years of wood experience

Wood - A Natural Material


Kährs have over 150 years of wood experience

A little valuable information on wood

Wooden Floor company working with wood since 1857

Life-giving trees have played an important role to humans for centuries – in fact, there would probably be no life on Earth without them. The air we breathe comes from the ability trees have to absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen. Trees provide us with food, they give us materials to make tools and even our homes with.

There are two types of tree: conifers and deciduous. Most conifers are evergreens and are most common in colder climates. With the exception of the larch, evergreen trees retain their leaves all year round. In temperate or polar climates, deciduous trees lose their leaves in the autumn so that they can save energy over the winter. While in other areas of the world, such as tropical, subtropical and arid regions, deciduous trees lose their leaves during the dry season or during other seasons depending on variations in rainfall.

The trinity of the tree

All trees are made up of three parts: the roots, the trunk and the crown. The task of the roots is to provide the tree with water and minerals from the ground, store nutrients and keep the tree in the ground. The crown is made up of branches or twigs bearing leaves or needles. The task of the crown is to use the leaves for the “metabolism” of the tree, photosynthesis. Meanwhile, the task of the trunk is to hold up the crown and transport water from the roots to the crown. On a hot summer day, as much as one cubic metre of water can be transported to the crown. The trunk is made up of cellulose and lignin, which makes it hard. This hardness and durability, relatively easy to work, are what make wood such a useful material for flooring, houses, tools, toys, furniture etc.

Pith and rings determine the appearance

The outer part of the trunk is known as the sapwood and is normally paler than the heartwood. However, there are exceptions to this, such as spruce. The sapwood part of the trunk contains a lot of fluid. The heartwood is the inner part of the trunk and is normally darker than the sapwood because the cells there contain resins, fats etc. Birch and beech have no pronounced heartwood and are therefore known as sapwood trees.

The heartwood consists of dead cells and it has a lower moisture content than the sapwood. Part of the trunk is made up of what is known as the pith. The pith contains stored nutrients. Nutrients are transported to and from the pith through the trunk by means of cells known as pith rays. All wood species have pith rays. The pith rays in oak and ash are clearly visible, but in beech they cannot be seen at all.

In the spring, when the tree begins to grow, spring wood is formed. Its large, thin-walled cells give the tree the best possible conditions for growth. In the summer, the tree grows more slowly and forms the smaller, thick-walled cells that form the load-bearing part of the trunk. This process takes place during every growing season, making the tree thicker and creating new annual rings. The width of these rings varies between different species and growing conditions. Deciduous trees have more summer wood than conifers, which means deciduous trees are usually denser.

Wood: an ideal material for flooring

Wood is a wonderfully useful and versatile material. For instance, wood has very good thermal properties. In older buildings, solid wood was even used to provide insulation.

  • Wood is anisotropic, it has different properties in different directions, e.g. when it absorbs or loses moisture.
  • Wood is also heterogeneous, which means that different parts of it have different properties. Spring wood is not the same thing as summer wood, and wood from branches is not the same as wood from the trunk.
  • Wood is hygroscopic, it adjusts its moisture content to the relative humidity of the ambient air.
  • Wood is also rheological, which means that it can change shape under a sustained load, and it can change colour over time.

Wood expands and contracts in all three dimensions. The anisotropic and hygroscopic properties of wood are of the greatest importance when it comes to floor manufacturing. This is why Kährs patented multi-layer parquet design is so successful. The anisotropic nature of the wood counteracts the wood's hygroscopic nature simply but brilliantly.

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Environment & Sustainability


Environmental pioneers since 1857

Environment & Sustainability


Environmental pioneers since 1857

Sound businesses need to be Environmentally sound

Beauty with a conscience
We are dedicated to finding the most environmentally-friendly ways to produce our floors. We call it Beauty with a Conscience.
— Kährs philosophy

ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS

Ever since the start in 1857, Kährs has been an environmental pioneer. Over the years, we have learnt to capture the beauty and expression of wood, combining good looks with cutting-edge floor technology to produce floors that are durable, stable and easy to install.

Kährs' long-term dedication to the environment has been internationally acknowledged. In 1993, we were the first wood floor manufacturer in the world to obtain ISO 9001 certification, and in 1997 we also achieved ISO 14001 certification.

FSC-Fairtrade Timber and Kährs

In 2011 Kährs is the first company in the world to support and purchase dual-labelled material from Chile that meets both FSC and Fairtrade certification standards.

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Kährs wood floors are available in over ten wood species. This makes it easy to find an eco-friendly Kährs floor, regardless of personal taste and interior design preferences.
  • We put our hearts into the crafting of every wood floor, aiming for the highest quality in terms of both design and performance, for you and for generations to come.
  • We only make wood floors – and wood is a renewable flooring material (a raw material that can be replaced within years).
  • We only work with suppliers holding an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certificate, or with those who are able to demonstrate that they operate environmentally-aware timber procurement.
  • We invented the modern wood floor in 1941. This multi-layer wood floor construction means that the raw material is used in the most effective way. This method proved instant popular and is now used in wood floor manufacturing worldwide.
  • In 1984, we became the first flooring manufacturer in the world to have an entirely solvent-free production process.
  • Kährs floors are installed using the Woodloc® method, producing tight, secure joints without the use of glue.
  • We only use the most environmental-friendly stains and finishes.
  • The surfaces of our floors are easy to clean and maintain, without the use of strong chemicals.

Sustainability

Nothing goes to waste. We are dedicated to optimizing the use of raw material, in order to minimise waste and emissions to the environment. By pre-cutting the logs that we ship to our factory, we achieve more efficient packaging and use of space – keeping transportation to a minimum and reducing waste material.

The parts of the logs that can’t be used in the production of wood floors are converted to biofuel. Some is used to produce energy to heat the Kährs factory. The rest is sold to a local energy company and used to heat the whole neighbourhood. We are, in fact, a major producer of energy – whilst we also strive to reduce the energy that we use. Even the ash from the heating plant is re-used for fertilizing purposes in local forestry operations. During the last few years, we have managed to reduce our use of raw material by some 25%, through our dedicated environmental work.

We use the wood from next door

More than 88% of the raw material we use grows less than 200 km from our factory in Sweden. There are several environmental advantages of using locally-produced raw material. An obvious one is a reduction in transport. Another is being able to thoroughly check forestry methods and timber sources.

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5 reason's you'll want a Kährs floor


Some more technical information - to prove we know wooden floors

5 reason's you'll want a Kährs floor


Some more technical information - to prove we know wooden floors

There's many reasons for choosing a KÄHRS floor.

Natural beauty and technical superiority Are two. Here are 5 more:

#1 Greatest experience.

Kährs is one of the oldest makers of wood floors in the world. We are also one of the most innovative. This combination of tradition and high tech is unique in the wood flooring industry. We have worked with wood, and only wood, for 150 years. We have learnt from both our successes and our mistakes. The result is invaluable competence and know-how in the company – and a firm base for continuing to lead the development of wood floors.

  • Kährs invented the world’s first engineered parquet.
  • Kährs was the first to offer a factory-applied pre-finish.
  • Kährs was the first to gain the demanding quality and environmental certifications.
  • Kährs introduced the first parquet fl oor with Woodloc®.
  • Kährs introduced the activity floor.
  • Kährs is now introducing a 20 mm selfsupporting floor for floating installation.

#2 Woodloc® - the strongest joint.

During our constant efforts to perfect the wood floor, we discovered the Woodloc® joint. We were the first floor manufacturer on the market to use this revolutionary method of joining boards. Woodloc® not only makes installation easier, it also makes the floor more resistant to subsequent damage and gaps.

Wood is a natural material that is affected by humidity changes during the year. This subjects the joints to great stress. The Woodloc® joint has proved superior to traditional joints in withstanding this type of stress.

We have installed over 25 000 000 m2 all over the world. The entire joint construction is made of wood, and is completely integrated with the board – without the addition of any foreign material.

THE STRONGEST JOINT. WHY?
Wood strives to achieve a moisture balance with its surroundings. When there is a lot of moisture in the air, a wood floor expands. When the humidity level drops, the floor contracts. Even though the expansion/contraction of a floor is small when expressed in millimetres, the force exerted in the process is great. If there are heavy pieces of furniture in the room, such as bookshelves or a piano, the stress on the joints is enormous. However, the Woodloc® joint is strong enough to withstand this type of stress.

NOT CONVINCED? WE TESTED IT.
Today, there are many types of glueless joints. The tensile strengths of a number of joints from different manufacturers were recently tested. The test is performed by attaching two boards, joined together with a glueless joint, to a machine that then pulls the boards apart. The machine measures the force needed to separate the boards.

Below, you will find the results from the test. The figure also shows the materials used in the various joints. The test included 12 competitors such as Tarkett, Haro, Magnum, Forbo, Karelia, Parador, Maister and Eko Wood. 

#3 The perfect fit. 

Less work and improved functionality. Installing a Kährs floor means less work. Much of the explanation lies in the ingenious Woodloc® joint, which allows glue-free installation. The boards lock together mechanically with virtually invisible joints. In addition to producing perfect results, it also makes installation quick and simple.
The fit is also important for the durability of the floor. A good fit means less dirt and grime in the gaps between the boards, which leads to improved hygiene.

EASIEST INSTALLATION.
When you install a floor with the Woodloc® joint, you push in each new board at an angle against the board in front. There is no need for glue or for hard pressure. The rows of boards are self-aligning. Thanks to the glue-free installation, the boards can be subsequently lifted and installed elsewhere.

STAND UP TO WEAR AND TEAR.
Most floors are exposed to daily wear and tear. In public environments or in family homes with small children the wear can be especially tough. The Woodloc® joint dramatically prolongs the lifespan of the floor by ensuring an even surface. If the floor is damaged accidentally, it is easy to change a plank.

FASTEST INSTALLATION.
How fast is fast? In just one night Volkswagen successfully installed a brand-new 2,000 sq.m. Kährs floor in a showroom in Germany, ahead of the launch of the new Volkswagen Golf.

#4 The strongest surface.

The surface of the floor is what meets the eye.
The surface treatment should, therefore, be strong enough to withstand daily wear and tear, yet thin enough not to disguise the wood’s lustre. One way to minimise scratches is to apply lots of lacquer, but unfortunately this gives a plastic feel to the floor because the grain of the wood is filled.

For Kährs, both looks and durability are important. That is why we have developed an extra strong lacquer. To obtain a strong, durable surface with the minimum amount of lacquer. A surface that will last for generations. .

THE IMPORTANCE OF LACQUERING FIRST.
At Kährs we always start by lacquering the boards, then we go on to profile them – in contrast to many of our competitors, who do it the other way round. The advantage of the Kährs method is that we achieve a straight edge. This makes for an even surface and eliminates the risk of dirt getting caught in the gaps between the boards.

STRONGEST – AND CLEANEST.
Kährs unique lacquer eliminates the occurrence of almost all micro scratches, for instance from dragging furniture without protective pads across the floor. An added bonus is that the lacquer’s UV system has the lowest emission of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) of any lacquer system available on the market.

BEST GUARANTEE.
We know that we manufacture top quality floors with a factory finish and a top layer that can be re-sanded several times. Combined with a complete care and maintenance programme, this allows us to offer a wear warranty of 30 years for the 15mm flooring range and of 12 years for the 7 mm range.

LET’S TEST IT.
The surfaces of a number of floors available on the market were tested in Switzerland. The test is performed by rotating a sample of each floor at a specified pressure against a nylon cloth a specific number of times. The result is measured.

The diagram below shows the results of the test. 
The more damage to the surface, the deeper the graph.

#5 The best climate stability.

Because wood is a living material that is affected by climatic changes, a wood floor moves with the seasons. To minimise this movement, it is important to have the right balance between the various layers in each board – wear, core and backing – and also the right dimension for each layer.

INTERLOCKED CONSTRUCTION.
For maximum stability and minimum movement, the wood fibres in each of the separate layers in the board lie in perpendicular directions.

WOOD EXPANDS AND CONTRACTS.
Movement across the grain is 20–40 times greater than along it. Because we glue the separate layers of the board together, the movement is reduced to 25% compared with solid board.

DRY SEASON.
During the drier part of the year, the wear layer shrinks more than the lamellae. This can result in concave boards.
The right balance between the layers improves performance and reduces movement.

WET SEASON.
During the more humid part of the year, the whole board construction swells. The wear layer attempts to expand 20–40 times more than the core lamellae. This can result in convex boards and an increase in the width of the floor.

 WHAT DOES THE TEST SAY?
We performed a climate test. The test was carried out to measure the change in cupping from dry season to wet on Kährs floors and those of a number of competitors. All floors were exposed to moisture as well as drying out. The graph below shows the total change in cupping when moving from a wet to a dry climate.