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I have old creaking floor boards all around my flat.

Posted by Patricia Hendrie, on
I have purchased property, I was only in it once as been sold threw an auction. Every floor board creaks, this is due too not being built properly 90 years ago. I can also hear everything upstairs, I feel really upset about this, and don't know what too do. PatriciA
Rhys John Bottriell

Rhys John Bottriell

Hi Patricia, It may be because your floorboards need some extra screws or nails. On regards to upstairs you need to install some sound proofing insulation and plasterboard to the ceilings, this would mean your old ceilings coming down and could be a very messy job and pricey so it would be best to way up your pros and cons. It would be best for you to undertake any work before you have moved in. Hope this Helps RJB Construction
Darren Duke

Darren Duke

Hi Patricia, Everyone agrees that you need to screw the floor boards down to stop the creaking. The only way of reducing the noise from the above flat would be to install some soundproofing to your ceiling then install new plaster board and plaster over the top. Good Luck, Darren, Red Security.
Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

Hello Patricia, Without going to costly lengths I would carry out the following works :- Option 1 1) Take up the floor boards and refit using screws. 2) Fill the void between the joists with 150mm insulation more if you have room (make sure you keep the insulation away from light fitting) Option 2 1) Take up the floor boards and replace with new boarding. (Look at what type of floor finish you want) 2) Insulate the same as above If you plasterboard the ceiling then you should be aware of the following 1) Cost 2) Reduced height in the rooms will be affected. 3) Any alarm PIRS will need to be removed and refitted 4) Decoration and plastering will be required upon completion. Regards Michael
Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams

Hi Patricia. Alot of advice of which i hazard a guess is somewhat confusing. I would simply look at the joist. then put noggings at staggered intervels. Then the floor board issue. sometimes electricans and other tradesman have had to gain access for a number of reasons and sometimes these are not replaced appropriately. Meaning not fully resting on a joist and extra support needed. Try these simple solutions first before going to the expense of what has been said. I come across this all the time and even before i attempt to lay a floor i rectify any noises and so far i have never and i repeat never had to go further than what i have mentioned regards Jeff Guild Flooring ( F.I.T.A )
mark andrew bond

mark andrew bond

floorborads may have become loose over time try going around floor and add more screws to floorboards use about 40 mm screws as for sound you would need to reboard ceilings downstairs using plaserboard with insulation on the back
sean jefferies

sean jefferies

hey their, i would recommend taking up all the boards and taking out all the old nails and renewing them and replacing any broken ones with reclaimed boards. another suggestion would be to renew all boards with reclaimed boards, or re nail every board then sand them back and seal with silicone (that will help stop the creaking) then varnish to finish off. a suggestion to lower the noise level is sound proof the ceiling using sound proof plasterboard and re skim, as well as lay 7mm thick fiber board underneath tong and groove hard board. please check out my fb for pictures of new sealed and sanded floors on facebook.com/prepandpaint

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