Hardwood Flooring Kahrs — Green Building Supply

Hardwood Flooring Kahrs - Green Building Supply

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Kahrs hardwood flooring is engineered to be beautiful, non-toxic and sustainable. It comes in a wide variety of styles, stains, species and surface treatments which allows you to choose the floor that’s just right for you. Prices range from $3.99/SF to $10.99/SF. With so many options, our Buyers Guide was designed to help you sort through all the details.

In Sweden, 72 years ago, Kahrs invented the first floating floor with their patented parquet technology. This multi-layered, cross-ply system counteracts the natural movement of the timber. By varying the direction of the fibers throughout the various layers, the floor is less affected by changes in humidity and is more stable and long lasting.

All Kahrs surface treatments are solvent-free and contain no hazardous chemicals. In 1984, Kahrs was the first flooring manufacturer to implement an entirely solvent-free production process. Then, in 2000, Kahrs introduced the world’s first glueless joint system called Woodlock which makes it easy for DIY installations.Today, Kahrs is the premier leader in engineered hardwood flooring throughout the world and is now the largest manufacturer of flooring in Europe.

As you’re probably aware, Europeans are concerned about health and sustainability. Not only should the floors perform well in any climate and condition, but they need to be as healthy as possible and manufactured in a sustainable manner—using the least amount of energy, paying fair wages and producing the lowest impact on the environment as possible.

The climate in Sweden is similar to the Midwest in terms of hot, damp summers and cold, dry winters. In response to the challenging environment and the lifestyle of the Swedes, Kahrs designed a floor that was not only non-toxic and safe, but would adapt to their climate and their radiant heated floors.

Our experience with Kahrs flooring over the last 18 years has proven its versatility and durability in all climatic regions of the US; from exceedingly damp places like the Gulf Coast or upper Northwest to ultra dry areas of the Southwest or mountainous regions. It does not split, crack, or warp as long as it’s installed and maintained properly.

Dutch pattern (also called Tapis) is a classic looking floor that is reminiscent of traditional large estate homes. It has a unique repeating pattern with three short pieces running lengthwise separated by a perpendicular piece. This is also at the upper end price-wise.(Elegance Collection)

TIP: 3-strip products are usually much busier looking than 1-strip, except for those with darker staining which hide variations in color and grain pattern and provide a more uniform look.

Thickness can tell you a lot about a floor. Kahrs products come in a range of thickness from 15mm ($$$$ most costly) to 10mm ($ least costly).

In general, thicker products cost more and have more features than thinner products. Thicker products may also last longer since they can be sanded more times extending their useful life by many years. 3-strip, 2-strip and 1-strip all come in both thick and thin versions.

TIP: A thicker floor is stiffer and will spread the load better (deflects less) than a thinner floor. Therefore, if our subfloor is rougher, a thicker floor will accommodate imperfections better. kahrs tolerance for bumps and dips is 3/16″. Any more requires sanding or patching.

Wood species that are harder are more sought after and usually more expensive. Hardness rating vary slightly between the Janka scale and the Brinell scale but they do give a good indicator of price and durability.

Exotic woods like Brazilian Cherry, Jarrah, Cumaru etc. are the hardest and usually cost the most.

Walnut, Maple, Beech and Ash cost less. With the exception of Walnut and Beech, they are slightly harder than White or Red Oak.

White and Red Oak are usually least expensive.

Hickory is one exception to the hardness rule because it is very hard, but much less expensive. Hickory is only found in the Spirit Collection.

TIP: A 1-strip product usually costs more than a 3-strip in the same species; however, a 3-strip Brazilian Cherry can cost more than a 1-strip Oak.

A combination of wood’s structure, hardness and finish determines how durable a floor will be. The hardness of the wood varies according to the species. Kahrs uses the Brinell method. The higher the value, the harder the wood and usually the higher the price. However, due to the structure and finish, large variations in overall hardness can occur.


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