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”
Confusing floorboards for chipboard is an easy and common mistake to make. Generally it’s simply the terms used that are incorrect and not the actual visual image of what people are describing. If you’ve ended up here because you’re on a quest to solve noisy flooring, then it may be helpful to understand the difference. Floorboards and chipboard are two very different animals and can require a unique approach to resolve noise. If you’re just here to find out the difference for another reason, then stick around…
Floorboards are made from whole trees. The tree is cut in a particular way to produce one solid and long length of wood. Typically at dimensions of between Continue reading “The difference between floorboards and chipboard”
It’s easy to attack chipboard as the sole reason for noisy floors. However, there are typically five other culprits that often require dealing with to remove noise.
1. The most common noise after chipboard squeaks, is a very angry growly noise near walls. This will be one of two things. The most likely is the nails used to secure the partition wall base timber. These nails go through the timber and Continue reading “Are squeaky floor noises always down to chipboard?”
We’ve been fixing squeaky creaky chipboard noise now for some time. We originally thought our target audience (so to speak) was going to be new style properties build from the 90’s on-wards. However, since we started, we’ve found a lot of our work has also been solving this issue in new extensions. It would seem the go to flooring for builders is chipboard…
The overwhelming sentiment our clients have expressed, is that they simply Continue reading “Squeaky floor in new extension”
Yep, pretty powerful title. Chipboard flooring is rubbish! I have absolutely no problem sharing my honest opinions with people. I’ve been crawling around floors for a long time. That kind of work tends to remove any traces of pretence from ones character!
Over my time in the flooring trade, I’ve had one thorn that has never left me alone. You guessed it, CHIPBOARD!
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Buying a new house is a double edged sword. It can be both one of the most stressful things in life and most exciting at the same time. If the house you’re wanting to buy is of the so called ‘new style’ or ‘modern’ (typically, any house built from the 1990’s to present day), then it’s likely the chipboard floors upstairs are noisy.
Is there a solution? Well, I’m here to tell you there is. We’ve developed a Continue reading “Buying a new style house with squeaky floors”
In the midst of desperation, it’s easy to get dragged into expensive soundproofing techniques and products like matting, foams, insulation etc. Will any of them work to resolve a squeaky creaky chipboard floor? The quick answer to that is simply NO. Any reputable sound proofing company would agree. They may help to a degree, but minimally.
The phenomena of squeaky creaky chipboard flooring is of a mechanical Continue reading “Will soundproofing solve squeaky flooring?”
One of the factors that makes chipboard squeak is the nails typically used when installing it. As the chipboard starts to sag, flex, and become bouncy over time, the leverage created by this either loosens the nails or the movement from the flex/bounce leads to abrasion between the nails and chipboard. This in turn leads to a constant squeak/creak when walked across.
Will using additional screws, perhaps a long side the original nails, really work?
Before we look at this, please let me direct you to my article ‘the dangers of blindly screwing into chipboard‘. Please, please, read that article! Continue reading “Does screwing into chipboard stop the squeaking?”
Experience gathered from being in the flooring trade for over twenty years, I can tell you I’ve met countless people that are completely and utterly sick of their noisy floors. For most of my career, I was helpless too. We’d install a floor, and straight away the aesthetics would be completely over shadowed by the terrible creaks.
What are the downsides to squeaky chipboard?
Well, If you’re reading this, you likely know very well what the downsides are Continue reading “The downsides to squeaky chipboard”
Does talcum powder work to stop chipboard squeaking/creaking? The short answer is NO! Certainly not for any length of time, and no, I’m not saying talcum powder will provide a short term fix!
Along with that crazy idea, why not throw WD40 on the chipboard, washing up liquid, candle wax, oil??? Because literally, no matter what you do, the squeaks Continue reading “Does talcum powder work to stop chipboard squeaking?”