At Lifestyle Flooring UK, we offer the highest quality engineered wooden floors from some of the biggest names in the industry. Just two of the prestigious brands in our catalogue, include the world-famous Kahrs and Parador collections.
With so much choice available, it can be difficult narrowing down your options. When you’re faced with exquisite flooring options from several major manufacturers, how do you know which one is right for your home or business?
Here, we’ll explore the differences between Kahrs and Parador engineered wooden flooring, and how to choose the best one to fit your requirements.
The Kahrs collection
Few flooring manufacturers can match the knowledge and experience of the legendary Kahrs brand. The company has been creating and supplying wooden flooring for over 160 years; making it one of the oldest brands in the industry.
It prides itself on innovation, constantly looking into new, enhanced technologies to revolutionise modern flooring solutions. Combine this with its commitment to sustainability, and you soon see why Kahrs has developed such a prestigious reputation.
Some of the main key benefits of the Kahrs flooring range include:
- It leads the way in flooring innovation
- Built with sustainability in mind
- Unique Woodloc glue-less system
- Quality you can trust
When you take a look into the history of Kahrs flooring, you’ll discover it has set a number of industry firsts. These include the introduction of the first ever solvent-free production process, and the first ever glue-less joint installation system, Woodloc. There’s no denying it leads the way in terms of innovation, which means when you choose a Kahrs floor, you’ll always know you’re getting the latest in flooring technology.
Kahrs has also led the way in terms of innovation. It was one of the first flooring manufacturers to focus on sustainability, starting way back in 1919. All of the company’s wood waste is sent to a local energy company, which turns it into renewable energy. They also only use materials grown in the sustainable forest next to their production plant in Sweden.
All of the engineered wooden floors within the Kahrs collection are constructed to the highest-standards. So, you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’ll be installing one of the best floors in the industry.
The Parador collection
The German flooring manufacturer Parador was founded in 1977 and it claims to have an export share of over 50%. Like Kahrs, the brand supplies superior quality engineered wooden flooring worldwide, and it too focuses on innovation and incorporating the latest technologies into its flooring solutions. Some of the brands main selling points include:
- A leader in innovation
- Exceptionally strong and sturdy designs
- Automatic click installation
- Infinite design possibilities
Parador has delivered a few industry firsts over the years. In 2004, it developed the first solid wood floor in the world to feature a click connection. It was also the first flooring brand to offer a fully interactive website back in 2001, and back in 2000, it released the first engineered wooden floor to feature an automatic click system. It’s very first innovation, was a rounded wooden panel board; something that hadn’t been done previously.
You’ll also find Parador wood floors are exceptionally strong and sturdy. This is thanks to its unique layered construction. At its core, there are numerous layers of exceptional quality plywood which have been fused together for maximum strength. The top layer is made up with solid wood, and there’s a great choice of materials to choose from including oak, beech and walnut.
The planks feature an automatic click system for speedy and easy installation. The brand also has one of the largest collections of designs in the industry too. So, whatever style engineered wooden floor you’re searching for, the Parador range is sure to have something to perfectly match your preferences.
Which brand is better?
Both Kahrs and Parador engineered wood flooring are made to an exceptional standard. So, in terms of durability, there really isn’t much difference between the two. However, that being said, Kahrs does slightly lead the way with its luxury flooring options. All of its floors come with either 13mm or 15mm thickness. Parador floors on the other hand come in a variety of depths, starting at 11.5mm.
Its prestigious reputation and extraordinary floors mean you will end up paying a little more for Kahrs engineered wooden floors than you will for a Parador floor. So, if budget is a factor, you’ll want to keep this in mind. Parador is considered the better out of the two when it comes to budget-friendly flooring and their basic collection particularly reflects this.
Installation wise, both types of flooring should be easy to install thanks to their patented systems. The Woodloc system on Kahrs flooring creates a tight interlocking fit and is really easy to use. Similarly, the patented automatic click system on Parador flooring is also quick and simple to use. So, there’s no real difference between the two when it comes to installing the floors.
Design wise, both brands offer an excellent choice of styles, though Kahrs does just lead the way in terms of luxury and design options. You’ll find a great selection of wood, granite, stone and tile effect engineered wooden floors in the Kahrs collections.
When you’re looking into flooring technology, both Kahrs and Parador have their own patented technology benefits. Both offer moisture resistant floors, though if this is something you’re looking for, you’ll find the Aqua+ technology in the Kahrs range is a little more advanced.
As you can see, both Parador and Kahrs engineered wooden flooring offer fantastic benefits. They both produce some of the highest quality wooden floors in the industry. However, there are a few subtle differences, including the cost and innovative features. Whichever brand you do decide to invest in, both offer fantastic warranties and impeccable designs.
Still not sure which brand to go with? Why not take advantage of our great free samples. Request samples from both ranges to compare the two and get the best idea of which one is right for your home or business.