How to Reduce Noise in your Hardwood Floors

How to Reduce Noise From Hardwood Floors

Wood is one of those building materials that are susceptible to moisture. Wood tends to expand, bend, warp and contract according to the level of moisture and temperature in the air and on the surface of the material. Although hardwood floors in Newmarket are designed to provide a noise-free and a solid finish surface once it has been installed, wear and tear and movement over time may tweak the wood sections.

It is because of this reason that people hear noises such as clacking and creaking when they walk across the surface. If you hear such noises, there is no need to panic. There are certain measures you can take to fix this issue depending upon the severity of the problem and your spare time. Here are some of the steps you can take:

•    Using talcum powder

Simply sprinkle some talcum power over the area that creaks. However, this is only fruitful when there is a slight creak only. Ensure that the power goes down into the cracks between the hardwood planks. You can do this with a putty knife, a broom or with the tip of your shoe. Once it done, walk across the planks a number of times so that the power goes down into the joints where it will muffle and solve the problem of creaking.

•    Using wood putty

You can also patch hole on top of the screw with wood putty. By using putty knife, try to push in the wood putty into the hole. Later, scrape the excess putty and wipe the remaining with your finger. Let it dry for some time and then sand the patch down by using 200+ grit sandpaper.

•    Securing the planks with screw

If the wooden planks are visibly moving, then you simply need to screw them properly. Screw them down through the surface of the wood into the subfloor. First you have to drill a pilot hole and later sink a screw down in the loose planks of wood in such a manner that the head of the screw gets slightly buried beyond the face of the wooden plank.

•    Fixing the subfloor

If you see that more than one piece of hardwood floor is moving then it means that subfloor needs your attention. One thing you could do is to place woods shims between the subfloor and the hoist. Later fit the skinny end of the shims in place till the time they are tight enough and there is no movement anymore. With the help of wood screws, you can mouth the shims to the underside of the subfloor.

•    Mounting the joist

There are special screws that come with the bracket. You can use them to mount a joist bracket to the underside of the wood floor. For better results, you can attach the bracket to the underside f the floor along a joist. The J-section of the bracket can be placed over the bottom of the floor joist. Tight the bracket firmly till the time it pulls the subfloor tight to the joist.

•    Using rubber mallet

The noise can also occur when there are some gaps left between the wooden pieces at the time of installation. To sort this matter, you can connect them tightly by tapping the loose planks in floating hardwood floors closer together with a rubber mallet.

The above mentioned tips are quite easy to follow and will not cost you fortune as well. There are some people who solve this problem by themselves as they are into DIY tasks. If you cannot handle such stuff at your own, you need to look for a professional to get this job done. You can also contact your hardwood floor installers who will know how to help you eliminate noise from your hardwood flooring in Newmarket.