Knowledge – Stop Creak

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Click system flooring has become very popular in recent times due to the ease in which it can be laid over existing floors and subfloors.


Click system floors come in the engineered wood and laminate variety, and when fitted, they lie on top of your existing floor like a giant jigsaw puzzle with tight, interlocking sections. 


When the floor is new, the wood contains a 6-9% moisture content. It is advised that you acclimatise the wood first before installing so that the wood can shrink or swell prior to locking the sections of wood together.


However, over time the wood naturally loses its moisture content causing the wood panels to shrink. This shrinkage means the floor sections are not snuggly fitted together and movement begins to occur in the interlocking sections.


Over time, this movement leads to increasingly loud creaking and this is usually most noticeable in the summer when the heating is off and the floor is cool and contracted. 


Shrinkage of the floor is a natural occurrence and not something flooring manufacturers like to talk about. If you use natural materials for flooring, shrinkage and swelling will naturally occur, so the creaking you hear is a natural byproduct of using natural materials. 


If your floor is creaking this is the most likely cause and Stop Creak™ can help by allowing the floor sections to move freely, without friction and without creaks.
However, Stop Creak™ is not a magical potion that fixes all issues your floor might have and it does have limitations to what it can and cannot help with.


Other reasons for creaky floors are incorrect underlay, problems with the subfloor (wood on wood contact, creaky old floorboards underneath the floating floor, wrong expansion gap etc) and possible even water damage.


In these instances,  Stop Creak™ will probably not help reduce creaks and we would instead recommend consulting with a flooring expert about the available options.