How To Fix Your Squeaky Floorboards

Why Do Floorboards Squeak?

Squeaky floorboards are mainly caused by a loose board or many loose boards. The movement in the boards causes them to rub which causes the ‘squeak’ you hear. 

To properly fix the issue you need to find out what is causing this, it is mainly these reasons:

  1. The floor joist is not secure as incorrect nails have been used.
  2. The nails aren’t fitted correctly.
  3. There is a gap between the joists and the floorboards.
  4. The supporting joists have an issue.

All these issues cause a space to appear under the floorboards which allow them to move up and down when they are walked on, they then rub on each other or on a loose nail. 

How To Fix It

Here are a few simple ways you can fix your squeaky floorboards once you’ve identified what issue you are facing:

  1. Insert thin pieces of wood into the gaps. If you are able to see under your floorboards via a basement this will be easy. Go underneath the floorboards and have someone walk over the squeaky floorboards. When you identify where the gap is place the wood into the gap and glue it in. Be careful not to push it in too much as you can cause a bump.
  2. If you find a long gap try filling it with high-quality adhesive, when it hardens it will fill the gap.
  3. If you don’t have access to the underneath of your floorboards you will have to tackle the issue from the top. Sprinkle talcum powder into the joints and walk back and forth to push in down into the gaps.
Reclaimed oak in random widths
Yvonne Coomber
Read More
"A very helpful company, who arranged swift delivery. The floorboards themselves are truly exquisite. I am an artist demand a visual excellence. I was not disappointed and I cannot recommend this company highly enough!"
Emma Rosewarne
Read More
"Absolutely love the boards from Old English Timbers, look great down and everyone asks where I got them. Wendy has been amazing to deal with. Originally was just going to use in three rooms but I love them so much now doing the whole house"
Lisa Costa
Read More
"I have had a great service from them. Wendy has been very helpful and the delivery driver even rolled his sleeves up! The floor is beautiful and everything I hoped for - Many Thanks!"
Sophia K
Read More
"My experience with this company has been nothing but first class from start to finish. Wendy handled my order from the beginning and was on hand for any minor questions I had, once the flooring had arrived I could not have been happier, the finish was exactly how I wanted it. I will definitely be using the company again."
Terry Stephens
Read More
"Highly recommend Wendy and the guys at Reclaimed Flooring UK. The boards are beautiful and exactly as we'd hoped for."
Oliver rodger
Read More
"Excellent product. I would highly recommend the finished article looks great. Even the delivery driver helped unload. I would suggest to anyone buying to order slightly more than you need, my floorer (I think recommend about 4% more than you would need) I would suggest a little more as I got a little close to finish. This was just down to straightining up the ends of the boards."
John Soden
Read More
"Brilliant collection of different types of reclaimed floorboards ~ all finished to a high standard. Customer service was 1st rate ~ nothing was too much trouble."
Jane Kirk
Read More
"Excellent product. Floor looks amazing."