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5 Ways to Silence Your Squeaking Hardwood Floors

Grand Rapids Flooring

SQUEAK. SQUEAK. SQUEAK. It’s hard to sneak around the house to get to your secret candy stash when your kids hear your every move. In addition to losing your stealth, squeaking hardwood floorscan make you feel like you’re living in a creaky old haunted house. (Totally not the aesthetic you want outside of Halloween.) Below, you’ll find our tips for how to silence your hardwood floors for good. If these tips for repairing squeaky floors don’t work, we recommend calling an Grand Rapids hardwood flooring contractor in your area.

Insert Shims into Gaps

A shim is just a fancy word for a small wooden wedge. You’ll want to pick up a few of these at your local home improvement store the next time you’re out and about. You’ll also need another person to be able to find the floor creaks, so bribe one of your children to walk where you hear the most squeaking.

One story below, you’ll be in your basement hunting for the source of the sound. Once you’re standing below the squeaking, take one of your shims and insert it between the gap between the subfloor (plywood) and the joist (supporting wooden beam).

Use Construction Adhesive for Long Gaps

If the gap between the subfloor and joist is too big for a single shim to be effective, use construction adhesive to close the gap instead. Make sure the construction adhesive is being pushed into the gap, otherwise it won’t work.

Nail a Board to a Damaged Joist

While your child is enthusiastically stomping above your head, you may notice that the joist (supporting wooden beam) is damaged. Over time, it isn’t uncommon for the joist to slightly separate from the subfloor when it warps or deteriorates. Don’t worry. This is still an easy fix.

First, you’ll need a block of wood that’s long enough to cover the gap. Then, you’ll want to run a strip of construction adhesive along the top of the wooden beam and stick it to the subfloor before nailing or screwing the new block of wood to the joist. Problem solved.

Add Blocks between Squeaky Joists

If the source of the squeaking is coming from the joists themselves, you will need to up the ante. Get some 2x8 blocks from the home improvement store (by now the employees should be starting to recognize you) and run a bead of construction adhesive along the edge that will be positioned against the subfloor. Next, you’ll want to insert the wooden blocks at the midway point of the joists. Secure the block in place with nails or screws. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Drill Through the Bottom

Don’t try this method unless you feel fairly confident you won’t drill through your new hardwood floors. If you hear squeaking between the joists, this is probably caused by the wood floor rubbing against the plywood underneath. To stop the squeaking, you will need to drive short screws into the plywood. Make sure that the screws are short enough that they won’t drive a hole through the hardwood floor above. If you’re unsure if you have the right size, try driving a screw from the underside of your closet. No one will notice a hole drilled in your closet if you mess up. Good luck.

All of these tips are for how to fix squeaky hardwood floors from below. However, sometimes there is no quick fix for squeaky hardwood floors. When this is the case, you will need to contact a reputable hardwood flooring repair company to resolve the issue.

If you are interested in our hardwood floor repair service, please feel free to give our Grand Rapids flooring contractors a call at (616) 458-4806. The hardwood floor contractors at Complete Flooring & Interiors are dedicated to helping homeowners prolong the lives of their hardwood flooring.