There is far more to a healthy and beautiful floor than what you see on the surface. Floor squeaking is one of those hidden attributes than can greatly diminish the beauty of a floor, and may be indicative of the start of structural issues.
The good news is that fixing squeaking floors is a relatively straightforward process, especially when you utilize the services of a professional company like ProGreen Carpet.
Let’s explore how squeaking floors can be silenced once and for all.
Understanding the Problem
Most floors have a wooden subfloor that lays beneath carpeting, tile and any other materials that may make up your floor. This subfloor adds stability, and gives your floor some protection from the elements and other dangers.
The problem is that this wood tends to shrink, expand and warp as moisture enters and leaves it. While this process tends to be relatively slow, squeaking may develop within 5 to 10 years of a new floor being installed.
If your floor is cleaned improperly, you may notice squeaking that develops significantly faster. Moisture can seep through the top layer of your floor, and it can warp the wood below it. This is why we are incredibly careful about how we clean floors.
Once the wood has warped, it will begin to rub on the wooden supports below it. This is where the squeaking and creaking enters.
Fixing the Problem
The fix for a squeaking floor is to adhere the loose sections of the floor board to the wooden supports below. This process can be as simple as screwing the wood to the wooden beams, or it may be significantly more intricate due to the amount of damage or area where the warping occurred.
Carpeted floors, for example, can generally have screws inserted near problematic areas to diminish the squeaking. Tile and laminate floors will require the flooring to be removed in certain areas, but the process is similar.
Stairs, areas where the subfloor is severely compromised, or areas where there has been structural damage will be substantially more complex to treat. These areas may require wooden shims and screws, replacement of the subfloor, and repair of the structural support beams.
Stop Floors from Squeaking Today
Squeaking floors are an incredibly common occurrence. Most new floors will inevitably squeak, which in turn means that the process of repairing squeaking floors is a fairly common one. If your home or office is suffering from this it’s best to hire a trained professional so as not to cause more damage.
Don’t let your squeaking floors ruin the value of your home or office. Contact us today to see how we can stop your floors from squeaking, and allow them to be as beautiful as they should be.