Wooden floor squeaks - this is an end to the noise

A wooden floor that squeaks and creaks can be extremely annoying to residents. But besides the annoying noise, a creaking floor poses another problem, because the squeaking is often caused by small cracks in the wood. Even if it is only larger splinters that stick out, the pain in the feet is uncomfortable enough.

Find the cause

First of all, you need to distinguish whether the floor is floating, which is producing these noises. Or whether you have a screwed board floor that is attached to a substructure.

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The solutions for these two different cases are exactly the opposite. With the floating floor, something usually has to be loosened or reduced in size, with the screwed floor something has often already loosened and must now be attached.

Laminate or parquet

If the floor is laid floating, it is important to ensure that there is a sufficient edge joint when laying so that the wooden floor can expand without squeaking in the event of temperature fluctuations and changes in humidity. If the edge joints were not chosen large enough or the floor may rub against a heating pipe? To find the exact cause, have someone walk back and forth on the floor while you look for the problem.

Sawing off - shortening and cutting

With floating installation, it is important to give the flooring sufficient space so that it can work. Most of the time, you have to trim the areas that are too long when the laminate floor squeaks. An oscillating vibration saw, also known as a multitool by many manufacturers, is ideal for this. With this you can get into almost every corner and can easily trim even narrow edges.

  • Remove the skirting boards
  • Look for problem areas
  • Cut areas to length
  • Reattach the skirting boards

Nail or screw

If a board is broken or severely torn in one place, the problem can be solved with a screw. Many professionals recommend using nails. But with a screw you can exert the right pressure on the wood more precisely. You can also simply unscrew the screw again if it doesn't achieve the desired effect.

  • Screw in the screws at an angle
  • Countersink screws slightly
  • at least two screws per damaged area

Lining the floor - upholstering it

Many plank floors were previously laid directly on the screed floor. The footfall sound insulation that is common today is often missing here. Even with a wooden floor that has been screwed directly onto a substructure, an intermediate layer may be missing. Unfortunately, you then actually have to do the job and completely absorb the soil.

  • Glue painter's tape to each board and number it
  • Unscrew the boards
  • Lay the screed floor with impact sound insulation
  • Pad the substructure with rubber sealing tape
  • Screw the boards back on in the correct order
Tips & Tricks Always check the door frame to see whether the floor creaks and creaks here. Maybe the door frame just needs to be made a bit shorter. This can also be done either with the multitool or with a Japanese saw.