Creaky laminate flooring

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Posted by: from Parksville
7/20/2016 at 12:11:27 AM

We purchased a floor last year and a new laminate floor had just been installed. One year later and the floor creaks with each step. I am assuming this is not correct. Is it a big issue to rectify? Is it critical to repair?

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Vincent from Do My Floors in Vancouver
Date/Time7/20/2016 at 10:46:56 AM

Is the creaking more noticeable in the winter or summer time?

At that very spot, when you step on it does it dip down or feel like a spring board?

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time7/20/2016 at 11:02:42 AM

Creaky laminate floors are signs of 1 or a combination of things.

Poor installation, inferior flooring, weakening or poorly installed sub-floor, are among the main causes.

If it is a floating floor, how big is the area it was installed in? Was the floor to tight at the perimeter? Are the joints tight? What under-pad was used? All are factors contributing to your problem.

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Clint in Parksville
Date/Time7/20/2016 at 8:02:42 PM

The creaking seems to be more noticeable in the summer months, it occurs in several places, such as the hall way with each step. I believe the floor is a floating floor, I am not sure what the subfloor condition is, as it was installed prior to me purchasing the house. It was not noticeable when we purchased, or during the home inspection. The area is approximately 1000 square feet. I also noticed one location where the floor may be lifting at a joint. All the joints appear tight. One interesting piece, in the common area there is furniture on the floor and there is no creaking in that location.

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Clint in Parksville
Date/Time7/20/2016 at 8:04:03 PM

From the advice provided, I suspect the best course of action is to contact a flooring installer to have a look and help determine the specific causes, and what may be required for a repair.

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Date/Time7/21/2016 at 11:07:07 PM

Creaky floors comes from either way of not proper screwing for the sub-floor or bad quality of the laminate materials itself.

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