We’ve all heard the sound of a creaking, squeaky floor even if not in our own home. But what if your clients hear this same type of creaking noise in the floors of a fairly new home? Why do floors squeak when you walk on them? Are squeaky floors reason to worry? What could cause floors to give, bounce, or creak? Most of the time the answer lies within the crawl space of a home. Just like other annual home maintenance the crawl space needs attention, too. Here we will outline a few of the causes of creaking floors, how to correct floors that squeak, and what to consider if your clients are experiencing uneven, bouncy floors.
There are many reasons hardwood flooring squeaks, and sometimes a hardwood flooring professional or carpenter can provide a quick fix for a squeaky problem if:
- Incorrect nails were used.
- Nails were inadequately fitted.
- Swelling and shrinking of wood flooring occurs due to weather changes.
- Space exists between the flooring and the subfloor.
- A floorboard is loose or detached.
The movement in loose floorboards, due to shrinking and swelling, incorrect nails, and spacing beneath the flooring, can cause boards to rub together or rub a neighboring floor joist or nail. This is one of the many examples of why you or your clients may hear the noise referred to as creaking or squeaking.