My regular carpenter cannot visit me until next week and the noise is driving me crazy, what can I do to fix it temporarily on my own?
Well if you cannot locate another reliable carpenter in your area what you can do for the moment is to insert small shims between the gaps so that they would not move and cause any sound. This will work if the sound is coming from in between the subfloor and the joist of the floor or stair case. Or you can opt to fill in the gaps with construction or wood glue but this might be not advisable if you are going to get your floor guy to look into it in a few days. Nevertheless if this is more like a DIY with regard to timber floor repair you can seal the gaps with the adhesive. But what you must keep in mind is that once the adhesive is used the floor won’t come out as one piece in the event you decide to dismantle it.
Do laminated floors creak?
Mostly this is relevant to hardwood floors and then carpeted floors. Yes but it is also possible for laminated floors to creak and this happens because of poor floor preparation that can cause sub floor unevenness and excessive moisture. The creaking can also stem from bad installation. That is why it is important to hand over your flooring project to a reliable carpenter who has the industry knowledge and expertise to execute the job.
Can the change in weather cause my floors to creak?
Yes and if your floor is making trouble few months in to the installation and not immediately after this is more likely the reason. Humidity in the air has a major impact on the expansion of the floor boards and this can often create the noises you hear as the squeaks and creaks. These sounds can be quite unnerving , especially during the night times and even be the cause for unnecessary panic form your end so it is best to attend to repair squeaky floorboards at the earliest possible.
What is the best practise you follow with regard to wood flooring?
The most important thing is that you must not install the flooring on the same day it is brought in to the room it is going to be attached to. What works well for me is that I bring in the floor boards a few days prior to the actual installation in order to provide an interval for the boards to accustom and expand as per the humidity of the room. This way I am able to eliminate many customer complaints with regards to speaksand creaks.