Oddly enough, but if your parquet is creaking, then after the cycle it will start squeaking even more, so without special measures to eliminate the squeak in these cases do not do.
Reasons for the occurrence of the parquet squeak
As a rule, old parquet floors begin to creak due to the subsidence of the screed on which they were stacked. So, when walking over the sifted part of the parquet, there is friction between the parquet bars, which leads to a squeak. If the parquet is laid on the lags, the squeak can occur due to friction between the elements of the lags.
However, sometimes new parquet can creak as well, suggesting clear technological irregularities. There may be many reasons, but the most frequent is a substandard screed of the floor. The fact is that it has to be even and strong so that it can be properly laid parquet. If the screed is uneven, then in areas with excessive swings, there is usually a squeak. Also sometimes the screed is not strong enough and during operation it cracks, and sometimes in pieces breaks off from the base, which leads to the emergence of a squeak.
The second common cause of creaking on new parquet floors is the use of glue in insufficient quantity. When the artist saves when laying the floor and applying the adhesive not enough, then after some time the plywood or the parquet itself inevitably break away from the base — this leads to the emergence of a squeak.
This is why it is always recommended not to save on the floor screed or on the materials for laying parquet.
Elimination of creaking parquet
In old times it was impossible to eliminate creaking parquet without its local dismantling – masters had to remove part of the parquet, apply glue in large quantities and lay the parquet on top anew. Is it worth saying that this work was difficult and thankless. Fortunately in the last 10 years, the materials market has introduced special means for this purpose — polyurethane restoration adhesives. By pumping them under parquet according to certain technology and in sufficient quantity, you can really effectively reconnect the base and the parquet and remove the creak.
Unfortunately, this way is not always possible to eliminate the creaking of the floor. So, if not the parquet itself, but the lags, it is impossible to eliminate the problem without complete dismantling of the parquet and laying on its place new.
There are 2 approaches to eliminating the squeak:
- economical, when the glue is pumped only in places where the creak occurs, but the creak can occur elsewhere in the parquet, not pumped with glue.
- optimal when the glue is pumped through every 3-4 slats of parquet, thus eliminating the possibility of creaking in new places, and in general, significantly strengthening your parquet.
It should be noted that the elimination of the creak of parquet is carried out only at its subsequent cycle, putty and varnishing, otherwise your parquet will be all in holes and fungi from excess glue. And which of these two options to choose depends on the condition of your parquet and your material possibilities.