Whilst the natural and elegant look of hardwood timber flooring can provide an unique and warm feel, there are at times Homeowners with aged hardwood floors experience the creaking and squeaking of the floor boards.

Typically these somewhat annoying sounds are the result of a combination of foundation settling and the drying out of the hardwood flooring.

So what causes squeaky floors anyhow?

Well hardwood has a tendency to shrink & expand depending on the moisture and its density.

When your floorboards have dried out they will shrink and start to rub against each other or even the fixtures i.e. nails or screws.

In some cases the subfloor could have become unstable and also begin to move under different loads.

So in this article, we’re going to look at some variou methods to eliminate those pesky timber floor squeaks.

Whether you have access from above or below, these methods will be suited to most hardwood flooring applications.

Options For Repairing A Squeaky Hardwood Floor

 

There are two different approaches to consider!

If the hardwood floor is on a timber joist & bearer foundation, over a basement or has any type of crawl space underneath, then it’s best to go below to make the repairs.

If not, then you’ll have no choice but to perform the repairs from above…Which we’ll get to further on.

How to fix squeaky hardwood floors from underneath the sub floor

 

If the hardwood floor is on a timber joist & bearer foundation, over a basement or has any type of crawl space underneath, then it’s best to go below to make the repairs.

Before searching for the target repair area, prepare yourself first by purchasing some wedges spacers from your local hardware supplies.

These type of wedges from Bunnings will do the trick.

So now you have the wedges, you’ll need someone to assist you.

Once you have made your way to the area of concern, have someone else walk over back & forth on the floor boards, so you can visualise the specific floor boards that are loose.

Hammer a wedge in between the loose floor board and the timber joist.

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Other types of timber or plastic shims can be used if required.

To secure the wedge or packing, use builders glue and insert a timber screw through into the joist.

How to fix squeaky hardwood floors from above

 

When you don’t have access to the floor structure or joists from below, your only option is to perform the repairs from above. The trick here however, is to silence the squeaks without damaging your hardwood floor.

There are some other purpose made products available to secure loose floor boards.

A specific type that can work well in most situations is the counter snap screw. Made in the US, the screws are drilled into the problem boards with a special drill head.

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When the head of the screw hits the top of the fixture, the top 1-inch portion of the screw snaps off at the score, leaving 2 inches of the threaded portion of the screw countersunk 1/8 inch below the floor’s surface.

The Counter-Snap screw Kit provides an effective, nearly undetectable way to stop squeaks in hardwood floors.

If your hardwood floor is covered over with carpeting, it may be necessary to peel back the carpet and work from the top and countersink screws and nails into the boards.

In situations where peeling back the carpet will result in leaving it damaged, then the counter snap screw kit has an additional tool that allows for screws to be drill straight through the carpet with catching on the fibres.

There will be a special three-legged depth-control fixture that you will need to position over a joist, then drive in one of the special counter snap screws.

The depth-control tool also doubles as the snap-off tool. Insert the screw head into the slot, then maneuver the depth control tool back and forth until the screw breaks off below the surface.

As the screw head breaks off below the surface, there will be no visible signs of repair on the carpet.

Whilst using one of these repair methods may eliminate your squeaky floor, there is the possibility that new squeaks will arise.

As hardwood floors age and the timber continues to dry out, some squeaks may return and new ones appear…

When presented with squeaky floor boards and your unsure how to repair them, contact Freedom Flooring for a consultation.

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