A header is a term that defines the beam-like support that is used in a wood-frame construction project. It could be a header over a door, window or entrance way. The header might be used to affix a staircase to or it could be there to support a chimney or even skylight. The header is a term that is centuries old and was once made of stone or brick. Contractors create a header to add a level of stability to the building when there is a large gap or space between the framing of the building. Typically the header is created using more than one piece of wood on top of another so that it has multiple layers of strength.
A person might find themselves in need of assistance putting in a header if they plan to take down a wall and open up rooms in a home. It might also be advantageous to hire a professional to put in a header if you want to put in a window where there wasn’t one before or raise the roofline of your home. These things will all require movement of a header or adding a header to make the construction safe.