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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.

Drop-In vs. Flush-Mount Wood Floor Vents

What kind of floor vents do you want with your new hardwood floors? You may not have given them much thought, but you should. Since certain types of vents must be installed with your new wood floors, this is a detail you’ll want to consider from the start. To get you started thinking about which you might like, the experts at SVB have some facts about drop-in versus flush-mount wood floor vents:


An Important Installation Note:

Before you choose a type of vent to install, make sure you know when they need to be installed. It’s better to install during the design process rather than trying to fit them in afterward.

As an example, you may decide you want flush-mount wood vents after your new floors are installed. Unfortunately, what would be simple during the floor installation becomes more difficult and expensive afterward. Fitting them in after the fact requires a careful layout and precision cuts. It’s also a bit nerve-wracking watching holes being cut in your beautiful new floors!

Fortunately, our free in-home consultation will cover all aspects of your floor design – including vent options.


Drop-In or Self-Rimming Vents

drop in wood floor ventThese vents have a slight rim all around the edge. That rim fits neatly over the cut edges of your floorboards.

Unlike flush-mount vents, these can be installed with ease and at any time during the installation process, and even afterward!


1. These are very easy to install because they literally just ‘drop’ into the floor opening. They’re generally also a less expensive option than flush-mount vents.

2. If you decide on this familiar style, we can install them for you or you can choose to do it yourself later. In either case, we can stain them to match your beautiful new flooring.


1. The raised rim of these vents sometimes gets in the way of furniture placement or floor traffic. As small as that rim is, it can topple toddlers who aren’t steady on their feet yet!

2. It’s particularly important to keep the area around the rim of these vents free of damaging grit. Grit has a tendency to gravitate towards them – especially when you’re sweeping. It’s a good idea to vacuum around each vent after you’ve swept in order to keep them free of that grit.


Flush-Mount or In-Floor Vents

flush mount wood floor ventThese vents mount flush with your floor so there is no rim. It’s much easier (and less expensive) to install these along with your new flooring.

You can have these installed retroactively, but you’ll need to hire an expert. This is definitely not a project for the average DIYer!


1. These vents fit smoothly and seamlessly into your new floor. Your new hardwood floor takes more of the spotlight when the vents are inconspicuous.

2. Since they sit flush, they won’t negatively influence furniture placement or traffic patterns. No more wobbly side tables or tripping toddlers!

3. Cleaning is easier without that grit-trapping and vacuum or broom-deflecting lip.


1. As mentioned above, these are difficult and expensive to retrofit. That means they’re difficult to change later on, too.

2. Even when installed along with the flooring, these are generally more expensive than drop-in vents.


Can’t Decide? Let Us Be Your Guide!

Our family owned company is committed to providing you with the quality results you deserve. Whether your job is large or small, we want to give you the kind of high-quality, professional service that helped us win the award for the 2016 Wood Floor of the Year from the National Wood Flooring Association. That includes paying attention to every detail – including the vents!     


Contact us today to schedule your FREE, no-obligation estimate and design consultation, or give us a call at (816) 965-8655. For more helpful information and tips for your hardwood floors, 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!