Lace-ins and headers are both ways to tie your wood floor into an abutting floor, but contrary to popular belief, they are not the same thing. This is a frequently asked question in the flooring business, so let’s examine just what is the difference between a lace-in and a header.
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What Is a Lace-In?
A lace-in is a method used to adjoin and match a new wood floor with an existing wood floor. For example, say you have an older white oak floor in your living room which you love, and you want to extend it into the dining room for a more flowing and open look. This would be a situation for a lace-in.
It’s a bit more costly than a header because it is necessary to pull up some of the boards at the edge of the living room in order to integrate new boards that will continue into the dining room. Once stained and finished, the newly installed boards will blend with the living room floor, becoming one seamless floor.
What Is a Header?
A header, on the other hand, is simply the last piece of hardwood installed where the the wood floor joins with another type of floor, such as tile or stone.
Depending on the layout of the floor, the installer can lay it either parallel or perpendicular to the floor. Since there’s no need to pull up boards, it’s less expensive than a lace-in.