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What is the difference between Chevron and Herringbone flooring?

The difference between Chevron flooring vs Herringbone flooring is the pattern and the individual planks;

• Smaller planks – Chevron planks are usually shorter and more narrow than Herringbone planks

• 45 degree angle ends – Chevron planks are cut at 45 degree angles to create pointed ends, whereas Herringbone planks are cut straight at 90 degrees.

• V pattern – The Chevron design creates the V zig zag pattern once installed, whereas the Herringbone design creates a staggered zig zag pattern. Chevron planks are fitted end to end and Herringbone planks are fitted end to the side of an end.

Treacle Oak Chevron Engineered Wood Flooring and Cannon Oak Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring

Treacle Oak Chevron Engineered Wood Flooring         Cannon Oak Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring

Is Herringbone cheaper than Chevron?

Chevron flooring is a little more expensive to manufacture than Herringbone, as Chevron planks need to be cut at a perfect 45 degree angle so that the planks match up perfectly when they are installed to create the V Chevron design. Herringbone planks are simply cut at 90 degrees.

There is also a slight extra cost for Chevron as the planks are usually smaller than Herringbone planks which means more cuts for the same amount of flooring.

The installation costs of Herringbone and Chevron are very similar, with Chevron often costing a small amount more than Herringbone.

Both Herringbone and Chevron are more expensive to buy and to install than straight plank floors.


Are Chevron wood floors more expensive?

Chevron wood flooring is one of the most expensive floor types on the market.

Real wood flooring itself is already one of the more expensive flooring options available and Chevron is one of the most expensive designs available, therefore it stands to reason that when you combine these expensive floor types and styles the result is going to be a costly product.

When you consider the difference in manufacturing and installing standard large straight planks compared to small Chevron planks with 45 degree angle ends it is clear to see that Chevron flooring is much more involved all round.

It is possible to have a Chevron floor whilst keeping costs down by opting for Chevron flooring laminate or Chevron flooring vinyl sheet versions which are less expensive products that still provide the Chevron patterns.


Is Chevron flooring easy to lay?

Chevron flooring is one of the more difficult floor types to lay. This is partly because the planks are shorter and narrower than both Herringbone and straight plank flooring, which means the installer has to fit more planks per m2 because each plank covers less area.

The extra difficulty for the installation of Chevron flooring is also caused by the more intricate pattern that the planks need to be laid in. Each plank has pointed ends which need to be fitted to match the opposite pointed ends of the next plank whilst creating the desired V Chevron pattern.

Installing straight plank floors simply requires the planks to be laid on the floor and connected together, whilst Chevron flooring requires the installer to actually create the pattern correctly whilst also doing the standard work of installing flooring.

If you are on a very tight budget and are looking for cheap Chevron flooring that is both cheap to buy and install the most cost effective option will be a sheet vinyl floor with a Chevron pattern printed onto the vinyl surface.

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