The reason the hot weather is making your floor creak.

"There is nothing worse than spending thousands on a new floor only to have your house sound like a haunted house months later."

Creaky floorboards can occur for many reasons which can vary depending on the type of flooring you own. If you happen to own a click system floor then you may have noticed that the creaking has got particularly bad of late. During the humid weather we see a dramatic increase in customers who are experience problems with creaky floors.

From experience, there is nothing worse than spending thousands on a new floor only to have your house sound like a haunted house months later. A quick search on Google will throw up advice that usually ends with "replace your floor".

Stop Creak was invented to solve a this very problem I had with my own floors. Stop Creak is not a "fix all" solution and in this article, I will try to explain the causes of creaks and where Stop Creak can come in handy and where it will not.

1) Wood floor was not acclimatised

Every building has its own temperature and moisture levels and it’s important to allow your new click system flooring to acclimatised to the environment before installation. If you don’t allow your laminate or engineered wood floor to properly adjust to the change in temperature, it can expand or contract after installation. Again, this will result in annoying creaks and will get worse and the interlocking sections of floor wear out.

Solution

Stop Creak can help by penetrating between the loose interlocking sections of floor and providing a long lasting, frictionless protective layer.

 

2) Not breaking in your click system  floor

Many of the customers we serve have noticed their brand-new click system wood floor started creaking within months of being laid. Many people think the floor or the materials are faulty, however, in many cases the correct break-in procedure for the new floor has not been followed. Once your new floor is laid the heating must be off for at least a day.  Then you must turn on the heating at ambient temperature and increase the thermostat by 1 degree per day until you reach the desired temperature, Not following this important procedure will cause the floor to contract too quickly and it will never return to the shape or size it was when new…and this means creaks – lots of them. 

If you have this problem you will feel the flooring moving under bare foot - especially in the hot summer months. This movement is what is causing the creaking.

Solution

When machinery squeaks you give it oil so it has never made sense to me when people recommend using the screws or glue to stop creaks. Simply put, adding more friction to friction is a very blunt way of trying to solve a problem. Stop Creak can help by allowing the floor to move freely underfoot. It is designed to allow your floor to move more, without friction and in harmony with the changing weather conditions.

2. Poorly Installed Sub-Floor

One of the most common reasons for creaky floorboards is a poorly installed sub-floor. This is the section of the flooring that is attached directly to the joists. If this isn’t lined up flush with the joists, it can become unbalanced. This causes spaces between the joist and the sub-floor and results in subtle squeaks. The reason this can occur is usually down to poor installation, so make sure you know exactly what you’re doing before nailing down the sub-floor; if in doubt, hire a professional.

Solution

Stop Creak WILL NOT HELP in this case. If the sub-floor is the core issue, you’re going to have to get access to it either through lifting up the flooring or through going under the floor into the crawl space. The most common way is to lift the flooring where the creak is occurring and identify if the sub-flooring requires a few more nails/needs evening out

 

3. Insufficient Underlay

The third reason for squeaky floors is a lack of underlay between the flooring and sub-floor. When this is the case, the two floors are more than likely rubbing against each other when you walk over them. This causes friction resulting in squeaks and creaks.

Solution

Stop Creak can help with these floors in some cases however, adding more underlay is quite easy for some flooring, particularly engineered and laminate. Simply remove the flooring and add more underlay by tapping it together. Once the underlay is in situ, you can place the flooring back on top.