Cracking Noise From Ceiling

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”

It’s Not Always Just Chipboard That Squeaks

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 as 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 or 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.

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Squeaky Floor In Newly Renovated Property

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”

Noisy Squeaky Bedroom Floor

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”

Squeaky landing floors

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”

Rise In New Build Squeaky Floor Enquiries

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”

Our Worst Yet?

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?”

Squeaky Creaking Flooring Nationwide Problem

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”

Selling a house with squeaky floors

We’ve done a decent amount of market research over the last few years. Asking homeowners and estate agents one pretty exact question, “Has your squeaky floors presented issues when selling your/a property?” The overwhelming answer, Yes!…

I spoke to an estate agent in Prestwich, Manchester, not long ago. She’d had a house (New style) on the market for a year. Six viewings later, and every one of Continue reading “Selling a house with squeaky floors”

Damaged floorboards will always squeak

We’ve all experienced it at some point. Squeaky creaking floorboards. By floorboards, I mean solid plank timber boards often around 150 to 200 mm wide by 20 mm thick with a tongue and groove machined on all respective sides. This article will explain in detail why damaged floorboards will always squeak or creak. 

Firstly, I need to expand on the word ‘Damaged’ in the title. That word is somewhat misleading. When I say ‘damaged’, I’m Continue reading “Damaged floorboards will always squeak”