Subfloor variance causing creaking noises?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: To clarify: the floor only makes noises when we walk across it. It didn’t creak initially when installing it, but within a couple of days, it started. The more I research it, the more I’m convinced it’s likely due to the subfloor being uneven. Continue reading Subfloor variance causing creaking noises?

Floor making a slight popping or knocking noise

Q: This seems to be a similar question to some previous, but I didn’t see anyone mention a raised foundation. In the last week, I’ve noticed that one area in my dining room and slightly into my kitchen which are connected (about a 4′ stretch) makes a slight popping or knocking noise (not a creak) when walked upon. Continue reading Floor making a slight popping or knocking noise

Hardwood floors make ticking sound when furnace is on

Q: We just moved in to a new home that was completely re-done, but built in the early 1960’s. We have noticed that our hardwood floors seem to make a ticking sound when our furnace is on. Are you able to provide information why this occurs and what can be done about it?

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Boards are hollow, not glued down properly



Q: I built a new home last July. We have had ongoing problems with our engineered hardwood floor. Two certified inspectors state that the floor was installed improperly. 3100 sq. ft. Every single room has boards that are hollow, not glued down properly. Will these eventually pop since they aren’t glued properly? The builder says he sees no problem. Sure.. he didn’t pay for the floors!

A: I think it would depend Continue reading Boards are hollow, not glued down properly




Hickory floor making popping sounds



Q: Our home is 70+ yrs old with original pecan/hickory wood floors. A week ago we had a floor restoration repair company repair and replace a badly rotted area caused by an adjoining bathroom leak many years ago. After cutting a 3′ x 5′ area of flooring and opening they found it rotted through the floor joist and someone previously cut a support beam which was just hanging. Continue reading Hickory floor making popping sounds




Lots of loose boards in engineered wood floor



Q: What happens to an engineered wood floor when a home is left unoccupied with no power/AC for a year? I’m about to buy a repo with lots of loose boards. Is this the reason why? Too dry and shrinking away from the floor glue? I know they used glue originally via the exposed edge at dishwasher area. Continue reading Lots of loose boards in engineered wood floor




Cracking noises when we walk on engineered wood floors



Q: I had engineered wood floors installed almost 2 years ago. The floor continues to make cracking noises when we walk on it. What is causing the cracking sounds and is it due to faulty installation? Continue reading Cracking noises when we walk on engineered wood floors




Popping sound in hallway one year after install



Q: We live in a condo on the 10th floor. We put in engineered Brazilian hardwood. It’s been one year to the date. Now in one small section (hallway), when you step in a few spots there’s a popping sound. Sometimes it is very loud. What causes this and what will fix it? Continue reading Popping sound in hallway one year after install