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 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.

 For guidance and to discuss your options, contact us here or fill in the form at the top right of this page. 

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”

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”

The difference between floorboards and chipboard

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

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”

Are squeaky floor noises always down to 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?”

Squeaky floor in new extension

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”