Having spent a very high percentage of my wood flooring career coming into contact with the dreaded chipboard squeak, I like many others just became complacent to the fact. “That’s just chipboard flooring. It squeaks, end of!”. My complacency was the same as everyone else’s. It’s almost like culturally, people had just given up and conceded.
Apartment blocks can be one of THE worst places for transmission of sound, period. From lifts, to slamming doors, they can all play their part in disturbing your comfort. However, by far, the floors can often be the worst intrusion of your privacy.
An ever constant reminder Continue reading “Noisy Chipboard Flooring From Upstairs Apartment”
Over the past years of solving squeaky chipboard floors, a relatively new phenomenon has appeared. It’s something that had us stumped for quite some time! Cracking noises coming from ceilings when someone walks above. A very intrusive problem, that cheapens a property as well as proves to be extremely irritating for the occupants.
What exactly is it?
(Click on the video at the bottom of this article to see a cracking noisy ceiling in action)
There are several reasons for the cracking noise to occur. Continue reading “Cracking Noise From Ceiling”
A lot of blame for squeaky creaky sub-floors can be attributed to chipboard, and rightly so. Chipboard is a chronic and consistent problem in our day and age. Although chipboard can be associated with approximately 90% of the typical squeaks and creaks, over the years we’ve found several areas that also add to the noise..
One of them being mid joist support noggins and/or perimeter noggins. Often the solution is to remove and replace them, remove them all together (where allowing – Certain placement of some noggins being incorrect or serving no purpose), or inject adhesive between the noggin and joist to act as a gasket and re-fix with adequate screws.
There are three typical reasons for these noggins to create noise. The first, being loose nails. Nails that have become loose as the noggin and/or joist have shrank due to them having a to high moisture content during the initial installation and now have dried. The second, poor installation i.e. not enough fixings or poorly located fixings. The third, warping of the joists, which narrows the point of contact between the noggin and joists. Essentially creating a highly pressured rubbing point.
The video below illustrates the potential noise a noggin can produce. In this instance, you’ll hear a very metallicy sound as a loose nail rubs against the wood as well as the rubbing of the noggin against the joist. It’s clear this noggin was being pulled from left to right, but it was making similar noises when walked across. The video is merely for demonstration purposes.
Edit : Another more recent phenomena is cracking noises coming from the ceiling below. This particular issue throws a real curve ball to anyone thinking their chipboard floors are noisy/failing. Well, there’s a good chance they probably are.
However, the worst position anyone can be in is to go through the upheaval of having their chipboard floors replaced or addressed, but the noise is still there! Absolutely soul destroying and financially painful. Through our experience, we’ve developed a permanent solution to this phenomena. Take a look at the comparison video’s below.
In the video above you’ll here a fifteen stone man walking around a carpeted floor in the room above.
In the next video, well, you won’t hear him. However, you can be assured, he is walking the exact same path.
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The absolute last thing anyone would expect with a newly renovated property is squeaky noisy floors! And rightly so! Since we began solving squeaky chipboard floors, we’ve received a huge number of enquiries from clients with brand new or nearly brand new renovated properties all over the country..
Anyone in their right mind would not dream of accepting a fresh build that is stunning in every way, except the most critical aspect that will let itself be known every STEP of the way! Continue reading “Squeaky Floor In Newly Renovated Property”
Bedroom floors are by far one of the most common of all floors to squeak and of course, it’s really not the ideal place for this to happen. The floors never seem to be squeaky in an obscure part of the room. Always just where they have most chance of waking the house up!
There’s another unexpected nuisance that squeaky creaky bedroom floors present. That’s the horrendous drum like resonance that invades the rooms Continue reading “Noisy Squeaky Bedroom Floor”
Landing floors are often ground zero of the noisy flooring world. They are the epicentre. A place where heating pipes converge as they branch off into each individual room and the boiler. For retrospective work, a place where direct access to pipe fittings i.e. Elbows, straight connectors, reducers, and ‘T’ sections, are often priority. Pipe work aside, landings are a place of extremely high use, where one of the main thoroughfares of a house is found..
Let’s get this straight, plumbers do not care about your floors squeaking, and in some sense, why should they? They’re plumbers, not floor installers. They’ll cut Continue reading “Squeaky landing floors”
As I sit here and write this, I’m frankly dumbstruck. We started developing our squeaky chipboard floor solution around five years ago, initially expecting our target market to be properties built between the 1970’s to early 2000’s. How wrong we were..
I can say, the larger proportion of properties we work on are within the range above. However, since we’ve been pro-actively approaching our market via Continue reading “Rise In New Build Squeaky Floor Enquiries”
Over the past five years we’ve seen some pretty bad chipboard floors, but I think we may have seen our worst yet. Although, it is hard to say that as there seems to be one that tops all every month!
Our client had moved into the property in November 2016. Her words were “It didn’t seem as bad when I came to view the house”. We find this happens a lot. Continue reading “Our Worst Yet?”
Over the last four years we’ve had emails and jobs booked in all over the country. The problem of squeaky creaky floors is and always will be nationwide. If you’re sat there wondering if it’s only ‘your’ house that has this problem, well, by virtue of this article, it certainly is not!
Here’s a brief oversight of locations we’ve visited or people that have been in contact for help to solve this epidemic. Perth (Scotland), Edinburgh, Dumfries, Carlisle, Leeds, Southport, Manc Continue reading “Squeaky Creaking Flooring Nationwide Problem”