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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Wood Floor FAQ’s: What’s The Difference Between a Lace-In and a Header?

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.

Related Read: FAQ: Can You Match My Wood Floors?


What Is a Lace-In?

wood floor lace inA 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.

Related Read: Which Is Right for You? Drop-In vs. Flush-Mount Wood Floor Vents


What Is a Header?

wood floor headerA 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.


Still not sure which option is right for your wood floors? Schedule your FREE, no-obligation estimate and design consultation today! For more design trends and helpful homeowner tips, check out our blog.

Wide Plank Hardwood Floors That Won’t Break the Bank

alternating plan widths wood hardwood floors SVBThe cozy charm of a hardwood floor is an attractive addition to any type of modern or traditional decor. New trends in hardwood flooring mean that more options are available for creating a unique look that perfectly suits the character of your home.

Standard wooden flooring offers a uniform, monochromatic look, but a big wood floor trend in 2016, is a move toward mixing up or alternating board widths, which adds dimension and interest to a room. Here are a few ways it’s being done and how you can save money on this new wood flooring trend.

Random or Alternating Wood Plank Patterns

Incorporating wide planks look fabulous in larger rooms, and they evoke a mood of yesteryear. They also harmonize with traditional architectural elements while matching the scale of the room and furniture.Generally, wood flooring is available in three, four, five kitchen wood floor alternating widths sbvand six inch widths, and mixing these board widths in random or alternating patterns is a unique way to make your hardwood floors an eye-catching element of your home’s decor.

Whether you’re looking for a classic bold look or a custom pattern, the subtle designs you can create with different sized wood planks complement both contemporary and vintage homes. Mixing planks of three, four, five and six inches in width can provide an interesting and elegant look. Also, incorporating wider planks may also include beautiful features of the wood such as knots and burl, and these natural, interesting details add warmth and interest to your floors.

Alternating Wood Plank Widths Saves You Time & Money

alternating width kitchen wood floors svbIf you want the wide-plank look without breaking the bank, alternating widths is a great alternative. Wider planks cost more than narrower planks, so by alternating three, four and six inch widths, you are paying less while still featuring the wide plank hardwood floors you love.

Another reason wide planks are more expensive is because they require glue when they are installed.  But when they’re alternated with narrower three and four inch planks, gluing the wider boards is no longer necessary because the narrower planks add stability in lieu of glue. Saving money and time paired with ease of installation is why random or alternating-width plank flooring is the new beautiful and practical choice.

Wood Floors Always Win

Wood floors are still the number one floor choice with home buyers, and for good reasons! They last for years, are great for allergy-sufferers, they add immense resale value to homes, and compliment almost every type of decor imaginable.

If you’d like to incorporate this great new trend into your next flooring project, contact your the wood flooring experts at SVB today!