Return To Blog

Denver Hardwood Flooring Differences Between Lace-ins and Headers


February 13, 2019

If you have hardwood floors in one area of your home but not another and wish to extend their usefulness and beauty into the non-hardwood floor area then there are a few options from which to choose in order to make your dream a reality. Suppose you have hardwood floors in the living room but not the dining room or kitchen. You’ve already got an open concept plan but the differing floor types create a sense of brokenness inside your home. The ability to match new hardwoods with existing is one that can be achieved with precision and accuracy from a qualified professional.

The move will not only serve to create the sense of flow and openness you desire but also offer a fresh uplift of the currently installed floors. Even if you aren’t faced with the above situation, two of the flooring terms often confused are lace-in and headers. These two solutions to different situations can help in determining exactly what design and style you hope to achieve either when installing new hardwood floors, remodeling existing hardwoods, or changing the current layout in your home or office.

Lace-In Hardwood Floors

Whether you are extending an existing hardwood floor into another area or patching damaged wood floors, the lace-in method can help in both instances. Lace-in work requires the removal of some boards from the existing floor edge (extending a surface) or those that have been damaged (patch work). 

The removal is so that new wood can then be inserted seamlessly into the spaces where old wood was to create a flawless flooring surface. After the installation of new wood is complete in either the patch or throughout the new area of the home, all of the floor should be sanded and then refinished which will create a match throughout the entirety.

Header Hardwood Floors

Although commonly confused with the lace-in flooring replacement and extension component, header installation is used where a hardwood floor runs up against another type of surface. While hardwood flooring is fully functional and durable in the kitchen, some prefer to have a different surface in that area of their home or already have a suitable floor down.

If you have the open concept floor plan, something must be put down where these two different floor types connect. This is where the header is used as a transition piece between any two surfaces or even different areas of the home. Even if hardwood floors are installed throughout the entire home, including the hallway and bedrooms, a header can be utilized in the doorways in lieu of t-strips or other transition options.

When you’re ready to install, repair, or refinish the hardwood floors around your home, including the implementation of a lace-in or header, then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have a wealth of experience and can assist with the specifics of any factors that will influence an addition to your home. Each and every project, whether a new installation, remodel, or patch is going to be different. Serving the Denver and surrounding areas since 1990, TGB can provide assistance in selecting the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that you want completed. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.