Tips For Dealing With Squeaky Hardwood Floors

29 September 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Squeaky wood floors can be very annoying, and you shouldn't have to put up with the noises. Depending on what is making your wood floor noisy, there are simple measures that can give you peace. Here are a few examples of what you can try:

Try The Baby Powder Trick

If the squeaks are only minimal, then it is possible that the floorboards are rubbing against each other. Lubricating the spaces between the boards can help. Just sprinkle some powder (either baking or baby powder will do nicely) over the boards and try to work it into the seams. The noises will stop once the powder settles and fills the spaces. However, this may just be a temporary solution.

Nail Them Down

One of the most common causes of floor squeaks is wood shrinkage, especially if the shrinking occurs around the nails. If that happens, then the floorboards won't be as tightly fixed as they were when they were installed. In this case, nailing down the boards is the easiest fix for the problem. Of course, if the floor is not bare (for example if it is carpeted), then you should nail or screw down the wood from below.

Use Shims

Apart from friction between the floorboards, floor noises can also occur if there are spaces between the boards and the joist and the subfloor. Since the gap may not be obvious, shining light on one side of the joist may help you confirm your suspicions. If you notice too much light passing through, then it means that the gap is too wide. Get some wood shims from your local lumberyard and push them lightly into the gaps.

Use Construction Adhesive

If the gaps between the joists and subfloor are too narrow for the shims, then you should force them through. Doing so may only increase the spaces and make your floor even squeakier. In this case, using construction adhesive can also quiet the floor. You can also use this method if you fail to pinpoint the exact joist/subfloor area responsible for the noise.

Just squeeze some construction adhesives through the spaces, preferably on both sides of the joists. The adhesive will expand as it hardens, filling all the spaces and quieting your noisy floors.

These are some of the tips that can help you with squeaky floors, but if the noises are caused by a construction defect, then these tips may not work. In that case, you either get used to the squeaks or contact a contractor to rip up your floor and repair the anomalies.

For more information or professional help with your problem, contact companies like Rainwood Interiors Inc.