Squeaky timber floorboards are very annoying, especially when you are trying to be quiet. Reasons can include:
- Movement between the floorboards and the joists below.
- Boards rubbing against each other.
- Missing nails or screws that are used to hold the floorboards in place.
- Poorly-fitted boards or boards that weren’t fixed down properly when installed.
- If you have access to the underside of your floorboards you can buy some wedge spaces from your local hardware store and try hammering them between the loose floorboards and joists.
- If you have one or two isolated squeaky spots, try brushing a little baby powder between the boards - it may lubricate the sides of the boards sufficiently to stop the squeak.
If this doesn’t solve the problem, or the squeaks are more widespread, you could have a bigger problem on your hands.
Sometimes squeaking is caused by the sub-floor timber framework, which supports the flooring and for this, it’s best to contact your local, experienced carpenter. They will take a look, diagnose the issue and fix it properly.