Individual wood plank flooring from local species of wood
We produce large format solid or engineered wood plank floors from local wood species, which with their particular characteristics and special dimensions are aesthetically pleasing, durable and timeless. From selecting the type of wood then the desired length and thickness of the planks, through to the treatment and care of the surface, we are happy to assist and advise you during the entire building process.
Solid wide plank or engineered wide plank – Which construction is the better one for my project?
You are currently planning your construction or renovation project and have fallen in love with a large-format plank floor, but do not yet know exactly what type of plank floor is right for your needs and your construction project?
As you may have noticed, there are several suppliers in this segment and it would also take a lot of time to compare them all and have the specifics of their products explained to you. You know: Basically, I want a plank floor that looks high quality and natural at the same time, whose wood comes from safe forestry sources and is durable enough for my children, pets or customers to use without any problems. The floor should not show signs of wear and tear too quickly and should match my personal style of furnishing.
These above mentioned points are important factors to consider when choosing a producer and are covered with our floorboards made of Douglas fir or oak. The question of whether to choose a solid wood plank or rather a three-layer or multi-layer plank is the next important step in your decision process.
We are often asked about the differences between our solid wood planks and three-layer planks and which structure is ultimately the better one for our customers’ building projects. We would like to pass this knowledge on to you and therefore in the following text we will highlight the two variants, their characteristics as well as their advantages & disadvantages.
Engineered timber floorboards – Hiram Floors three-layer floorboard
Depending on the manufacturer, there is a wide variety of structures and materials used in the products. The three-layer floorboard from Hiram Floors in particular, as the name suggests, consists of three layers and is processed elaborately using only the best raw materials.
The top layer, also known as the carrier layer, is made of the desired wood, e.g. oak, Douglas fir, silver fir or ash, while the bottom layers, i.e. the middle layer and the backing, are made of sturdy spruce wood. All three layers are glued together crosswise, which results in high dimensional stability and low joint formation, also in connection with underfloor heating systems. Due to the careful drying and processing of the wood, there will be only very few joints during the heating period.
Also with spruce wood, we make sure that only wood from domestic and sustainable forestry is used. The wood is produced by local sawmills in the so-called rift/quarter zone cut. This means that the entire plank has a higher dimensional stability and the movement of the glued wood is reduced to a minimum.
Hiram Floors Engineered timber floorboards are usually 17 mm, 19 mm or 21 mm thick and have a wear layer of 4.5 – 6.0 mm, which makes them the top of the range in the multi-layer plank segment. This wear layer can be sanded down about 3 or 4 times and thus achieves a service life of one to two generations.
» can be sanded down about 3 or 4 times and has a lifetime of at least 1-2 generations
» Special formats up to 400 mm width and 15 m length are possible
» Low joint forming & high dimensional stability
» Wood from sustainable forestry, native wood species
» Highest manufacturing quality
» Suitable for floor heating systems
» Can be glued
Solid timber floorboards
A Hiram Floors solid wood plank consists of one hundred percent of one piece of wood which is exclusively made of local wood species. The wood we use for this flooring comes almost entirely from PEFC & FSC certified sources. The Hiram Floors solid plank is planed to a thickness of 28 mm or 35 mm.
The drying of the wood is probably one of the most important aspects for a long durability of our solid planks. The planks are dried to 8 – 10% residual moisture, which corresponds to a relative room humidity of approx. 50%. The room humidity in most buildings is between 35 – 60 %. As long as the humidity does not fall below or exceed these values, the movement of the wood is reduced and can result in joint formation at most in the dry winter period. This joint formation is a natural characteristic of wood, as it tries to balance the room climate by releasing or absorbing water in the air.
Due to the gentle drying of the wood, our solid wood flooring can also be laid on underfloor heating systems. Here there are some requirements to be fulfilled, which we will explain in more detail on the page *Link “Installation”.
Logically, the processing also plays an important role in the later laying and stability of the solid wood flooring. With Hiram Floors solid timber floorboards, tongue & groove is milled into the underside of the plank on all four sides, as well as relief grooves. This allows the planks to be screwed or glued together on site for an exact fit.
The advantages of Hiram Floors solid wood flooring at a glance:
» A natural & authentic floor from 100% solid wood
» High durability owing to the strength
» A beautiful joint pattern, especially in the winter months
» Multiple sanding possible
» High durability > 100 years
» Wood from sustainable forestry, native wood species
» Highest processing quality & special plank formats
» Can be glued or screwed
Interiors – Choose your wood species
Wood flooring – a wonderfully natural effect
Our solid and engineered floorboards are available in particularly large formats. They give you a lovely feeling of walking on a natural floor.
The distinctiveness of this product lies in the dimensions of the planks. Depending on wood species and construction, we produce planks in lengths from 1 to 15 m, thicknesses from 17 to 35 mm and widths from 200 to 400 mm. The floorboards are guaranteed to be suitable for multiple reconditioning, corresponding to how thick they are.
Through selection at the wood sorting stage you can decide how much of a knotting effect your floor surface should have. The URBAN Classic wood planks are modern and timelessly elegant. The surface has few and small knots, thus creating a calm, uniform appearance. The individual grain of each type of wood comes into its own here and creates a truly special atmosphere. The COUNTRY Classic wood planks on the other hand give your rooms a warm, lively atmosphere. The greater number of knots in the planks creates a surface full of character. This confers a feeling of homely comfort in the eye of the beholder.
How do we lay the wood flooring?
Solid and engineered wood planks should either be glued to the floor or screwed on top of wooden substructures. Either way the planks are secured firmly to the floor. If you wish to install your floor free of harmful substances it is advisable to use a wooden substructure and natural insulating materials.
The planks can be laid in room lengths or random lengths. The choice of how to lay the planks has an effect on the whole floor. With full-length planks you create clear lines, with a spacious effect. Random lengths, that is to say, no uniform length of planks, provide a lively, striking atmosphere. You can also create your desired look for your wood floor with different surface finishes.
Room Lengths 1 – 15 m
Room-length solid or engineered wood flooring is the crowning glory of all wood floors. Stretching the full length of the room they are laid in, these floorboards provide clear lines and great spaciousness. The simplicity of the planks enhances every interior decorating style.
Random lengths 1- 5 m | 5 – 7 m
If you choose random lengths for your project, we deliver solid and engineered wood planks in the longest possible lengths currently available. This for a lively atmosphere.
Note: Almost all untreated planks can be used for random lengths. This contributes towards an optimal yield of timber from this slow-growing, valuable raw material.
Unparallelled indoor climate from wood flooring
Wood creates a pleasant indoor air quality thanks to its harmonising effect on air humidity and its own particular smell. If there are abnormal seasonal fluctuations in normal air humidity, this means that the wood begins to work. The air humidity level in the rooms should therefore be kept constant at 40-60%, particularly in the case of solid floors, as otherwise gaps will appear lengthways between the floorboards. Gaps appearing in wood floors is not a shortcoming, on the contrary the natural wood qualities of the raw material is in evidence here. A humidifier can be used if the rooms are very dry. Normally, gaps would never or very rarely be expected to form in the case of engineered wood planks.
You may wish to ask what a unique wood plank floor would cost? The price of a new wooden floor depends on your wishes and the factors pertaining to the room. Do get in touch with us and tell us about your project.