German-engineered timber ooring is creating a natural touch for signature homes and commercial buildings across New Zealand, based out of a barn near Queenstown’s historic Lower Shotover Bridge.
Queenstown couple, Graeme and Vicky Rodwell are the exclusive nationwide importers and distributors of HARO. Their local showroom located at Spence Road is also the headquarters for their national sales and marketing operation.
“HARO is a premium product and we offer a personal service to help guide people through the various options. Customers can drive off the main highway down to the bridge and view the range at our showroom in a very relaxed setting,” says Graeme.
New Zealanders’ love for the natural environment means timber ooring has always been popular but he says the local climate is not always favourable for untested products.
“We have been selling HARO here for many years and know what works best. Solid wood can crack and bend over time in the extreme high and low temperatures we experience, especially in an alpine environment like Queenstown. Our engineered timber flooring is a lot more stable and can even handle under floor heating up to 29 degrees which is unique to HARO.”
“Its multi-layer construction is built around a solid spruce core which secures the top layer of selected wood.There’s a locking system on all four sides for easy installation and zero movement. Every plank arrives pre- nished so once it’s down the oor is ready to walk on.”
The ooring is manufactured by the market leader in Germany, Hamberger Industries.The company is built on an environmental model and the timber comes from sustainably managed German forests, four of which the company owns.
Graeme says they also have a laminated ooring choice and have recently introduced a dedicated wall panelling range – a lighter, more t-for- purpose option than applying ooring to walls.
All the company’s timber oors come with a 30-year warranty.
“We offer so many timber options that we actually select a handpicked range for New Zealand customers. Of course, we can also order anything from over 400 options from Germany,” says Graeme.”