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Hardwood flooring is one of the most durable materials available for home use, but it does subtly change as it ages. Slight swelling and shrinking due to varying humidity levels and wear between the boards.can cause loud squeaks, creaks, and other noises as anyone walks across the boards. You can enjoy a quieter hardwood floor from year one through decades of use by following the right installation process and completing a few simple maintenance tasks as the floor ages.
Secure the Subfloor
The amount of effort put into anchoring the subflooring to the joists below determines how noisy a hardwood floor will be over the years. Subflooring should be connected with both adhesives and fasteners, preferably screws. If the adhesive isn't applied properly or breaks loose over time, you'll hear squeaks and squeals from an entire section of floor at a time. It's not too difficult to go along and repair worn out glues and add screws for extra support, but it does take a few hours to thoroughly cover each section of floor. It's best to install the subfloor correctly in the first place rather than to go along and reinforce it later.
Not only will space between the subfloor and joists cause noise, so will any gaps between the hardwood flooring and the subfloor. Humidity and heat can cause boards to cup or warp, leading to new gaps that compress as you step down on the board. Screwing the offending boards down more firmly to the subflooring and joists below can prevent individual creaks and squeaks.from interrupting your enjoyment of a quiet day. It's always possible that a board can split or crack while you're screwing into it, so make sure you drill a pilot hole first or let a professional wood floor installer handle the work.
Lubricate the Joints
Tight installation is essential for a long-lasting hardwood floor, but it can also lead to persistent and hard to stop noises as the edges of the boards rub together just a little. In these cases, you can always try sprinkling powered graphite along the seams and sweeping it in. The powder acts as a lubricant that won't damage the wood while controlling noise. This is also a good short term fix for squeaks with other causes, and even baby powder will work in a pinch.
Swap Nails for Screws
It's common to install hardwood flooring with long nails that penetrate through the boards and into the subflooring and joists. While nails may provide a tight fit for the first few years, eventually changes in response to humidity and people walking over the boards resulting in a looser fit. The extra space that develops between and under the boards leads to squeaks, so it's better to use screws from the beginning. Screws have a stronger grip on the wood and prevent the boards from loosening up later, keeping your floors as quiet as possible no matter the year.
Brace the Joists
Finally, you may need bigger repairs and improvements if you notice any flexing or movement of the floor when you also hear it squeaking. This can indicate that the joists supporting the floor are flexing, damaged, or spaced too far apart. Reinforcing the joists requires the help of a professional, but it stiffens up the entire floor to make it quieter and more durable. The joists may need bracing laterally between two different spans, or it may need sistering down the length of a damaged or weakened joist. You don't want to ignore this kind of squeaking from your floor since a weak section of floor can eventually collapse.
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