Common Causes for Squeaky Floorboards
This is a common problem plaguing many homeowners. Frequently squeaky floorboards are caused by the wood floor rubbing against the subfloor or a surrounding plank. This squeaking, while often year round, is more noticeable in the winter when the air is dry. It could also be caused by nails in the floorboard moving.
Eliminating the Squeak from Your Hardwood Floor
One of the easiest solutions is to lubricate the floor. Add talcum powder or powdered graphite between the boards, placing a cloth over them and then walking across the floor to ensure that the powder gets into the cracks of the board. This lubrication will reduce the squeaking caused by the planks rubbing against one another.
Drilling finishing nails through the floor and subfloor can also make a big difference, further fixing the planks into place. When using a drill, be sure to angle it so that you do not reach the subfloor, which can prevent the nail from holding. After the pre-drilling of the floor, apply downward pressure while driving the finishing nail into the hole.
The Nashua homeowners found relief from adding talcum powder to the board cracks and now they are both enjoying a more restful night’s sleep, no matter what the other’s schedule.