What do I need to do to eliminate my squeaky floors?

Simply speaking, what needs to be done is to permanently re-attach the floor to the joist. Once you recreate the original bond, you stop the floor from moving and you eliminate the squeak. With hardwood floors, it’s sometimes necessary to also re-attach the flooring to the subfloor to make the repair.

My home is only a few years old and it already has squeaky floors. What causes them and can I cure them?

It really doesn’t matter how old your home is - squeaky floors can develop at anytime for just about any reason. Some of the most common include; poor workmanship, poor design, improper use of materials, inadequate use of fasteners and something that may surprise you - Mother Nature herself.

The second part of the question is simple, YES you can cure them. However, how much time and effort you spend fixing them is completely up to you.

I can understand poor workmanship and maybe the builder not using enough fasteners, but Mother Nature? Please explain!

It’s simple, wood is a very porous material (especially construction grade pine) which continuously expands and contracts with changes in moisture content. With climatic changes constantly occurring (dry winters and humid summers) together with our continual use of heating and air conditioning systems, wood actually expands and contracts on a regular basis which can cause virtually any fastener to weaken over time. Keeping this in mind, you can actually say that Mother Nature is probably one of the most common reasons squeaky floors develop.

What are some of the ways to repair squeaky floors?

Squeaky floors can be repaired using shims, cleats, bracing, gluing, re-screwing or, a combination of all the above. Or, you can simply use one of the easy to use floor repair kits from Squeakyfloor.com.

How do I know which squeaky floor repair kit that I need?

What’s the best way to find the area needing repair?

The easiest way is to have someone walk in the area as you look at the floor from below. Once you hear the squeak, you should see some movement such as the floor being pushed against the joist.

Shims sound like an easy repair, something I could do in a matter of minutes. Does this method really work?

Not really. When you use a shim and place it between the floor and joist, what you’re actually doing is only filling the gap that caused the squeak, however, you're not really re-attaching the subfloor back to the joist. While this method may appear to fix the squeak, it is usually a short term solution. In addition, if you’re not careful, you could easily insert the shim too deep and actually cause more damage by raising the floor. You could also cause damage to the floor by creating a noticeable "hump" in the floor where the shim was inserted.