Buying a new style house with squeaky floors

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”

Will soundproofing solve squeaky flooring?

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.

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Does screwing into chipboard stop the squeaking?

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?”

The downsides to squeaky chipboard

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?

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Does talcum powder work to stop chipboard squeaking?

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?”

The cost of blindly screwing into chipboard flooring

The financial cost of blindly screwing/nailing into a noisy chipboard, or any flooring material for that matter, can get out of hand extremely quickly. It takes seconds to send some screws/nails into a chipboard floor, but can take months and considerable cost to put right the aftermath…

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The benefits to solving squeaky chipboard

There are many benefits to solving squeaky chipboard flooring. From experience, we know just how intrusive squeaking floors can be. I’ve even had clients tell me they were contemplating selling their house! I’m not talking about a small area of squeaking here. When a property suffers from squeaking chipboard, it tends to be extensive (as you probably well know if you’re reading this article)… Continue reading “The benefits to solving squeaky chipboard”

The dangers of blindly screwing into chipboard flooring

Before I explain the dangers of blindly screwing/nailing into chipboard flooring, or any flooring for that matter, let me give you my firm stance first. DO NOT DO IT!!! For a simple silly act, you are risking you and your families life. This is not some kind of sick scare mongering due to the nature of this website. This is serious! There are even gadgets on the market that go some way to re-assuring people that this is a solid practice i.e. the so called ‘O’Berry squeak no more kits’. It is NOT a good idea in the slightest to utilize such gadgets or techniques..

There are three main dangers when blindly screwing/nailing into Continue reading “The dangers of blindly screwing into chipboard flooring”

Why is chipboard flooring noisy?

Chipboard is noisy, fact! If you’re reading this, you either know it from first hand experience, or you read or heard about it. But, why is it noisy?

There are several answers to this. None of which are exclusive and can often run hand in hand.

Poor installation

Sometimes it’s down to poor installation. A lot of house builders and sub-contractors are on time restraints, some paid by the metre laid or on ridiculous Continue reading “Why is chipboard flooring noisy?”

What is the problem with chipboard flooring?

From our twenty years observing and having to deal with chipboard flooring, there are several notable problems.

The main, most obvious, and likely relevant problem to you, is it squeaks/creaks.

Over the length of time we’ve had the pleasure (sarcasm) of dealing with chipboard flooring, we’ve experienced pretty much every type conceivable. Continue reading “What is the problem with chipboard flooring?”