If you’ve had wooden floors before you may see creaking as a normal part of having this type of flooring. However, if you speak to any wood flooring specialist, you’ll find that this is not the case. There are several reasons why your floor may be creaking. The good news is you can usually stop the creaking.

Of course, if you want to let the professionals take care of it for you then you’ll find this specialist in herringbone flooring Sydney is happy to oblige. 

Underlay Issue

Most wooden floors have an underlay beneath them. This helps to absorb noise, ensure the wood retains the warmth of the room and even helps to prevent the floor from absorbing moisture. 

You’ll need to remove part of your floor to check the underlay. However, it may be worth it. If the underlay is the wrong type or badly laid it can easily cause a squeak.

It’s often done when looking to save money on the installation and the homeowner installs the underlay themselves.

Uneven Sub-floor

It makes sense that if the floor under the wood finish is uneven, so will the top layer of wooden flooring. Uneven floors can move slightly and will be under unnecessary stress as there will be additional pressure where the floor dips. 

This causes the wood to move slightly and allows it to squeak as you walk on it.

If the floor is under warranty you can have the subfloor smoothed out. If the warranty has expired you’ll need to pay for removing the flooring and having the sub-floor properly levelled. 

Moisture Levels

Moisture is one of the biggest enemies of wood. Excess moisture can be due to high humidity levels and the water needs to go somewhere. Moisture damage is also caused by spills that aren’t mopped up. Perhaps an even more common reason for moisture damage is because you have a leak in your home. 

You may not know about it but a leak can cause water to pool below the floor or simply soak into it. You are likely to see water stains on the floor or ceiling. 

If you suspect a leak, take a meter reading and wait for two hours without using the water. Take another reading, if the number has changed you have a leak and need to find it.  

Naturally, water ingress causes wood to swell, placing pressure on surrounding pieces of flooring and creating a squeak when you walk on it. 

Stopping The Squeak

It is possible to lift the entire floor up and re-lay it. However, this is an expensive option. In many cases, you’ll find that a floor kit is a better option. These are effectively tiny screws that allow you to fasten flooring to the subfloor, effectively eliminating the possibility of movement. 

This means you won’t need to lift the flooring up. The screws are as good as invisible and create a permanent fix for your squeaking floor.

Of course, getting the floor fitted properly in the first place virtually guarantees no squeaks.