Herringbone vs. Chevron | Tamalpais Hardwood Floors

Often people don’t know the difference between a Chevron and Herringbone pattern. The difference is all in the zigzag, where Chevron patterns have a continuous zigzag design where as the Herringbone pattern has a broken zigzag design.

This is a zigzag pattern that comes to a sharp point; imagine the letter “V” on repeat. For chevron floors, the wood pieces are cut at an angle and fitted together to form a true point. See the image below.


Herringbone is created by placing rectangles in a staggered zigzag pattern. For herringbone floors, the wood is not cut at an angle, but in rectangles that are laid in a broken zigzag pattern, as shown below.


Most of these designs are installed by gluing to a wood or concrete sub floor. due to the detailed need to insure proper and constant alignment at all times, this process can be very time consuming, especially when choosing the chevron pattern, where every plank end is cut at a 45 degrees angle to create a point that eventually creates the “V”. Installing plank by plank can also be very expensive, since every plank is installed seperately.

Flooring experts have thought this process over and have created chevron and herringbone flooring that is easy and fast to install. You can now buy pre-made planks that have the chevron and herringbone pattern already placed on a larger plank. The advantage is that it is easily glued, stapled or floated by your regular installation crew. No need to hire a 50 year old master craftsman to fashion each chevron plank individually and installed separately at 50 dollars per hour, then sanded and finished in place, the labor savings alone using this state of the art product is considerable. See below.


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