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At Floor Coverings International of Austin, we frequently get calls from customers asking about the noises their hardwood floors are making. We also take the time to explain to our customers about the issues with noise amplification that comes with having a hardwood floor installed. No matter how you slice it, noise is an issue with a hardwood floor.

The experts we have at Floor Coverings International of Austin know exactly what causes the noises in hardwood floors, and we also know how to design a floor that can dampen sound a bit. But it is important for customers to know that hardwood floors do have issues with sound, but that is all part of the character of a real wood floor.

Contact Noise

Real hardwood floors will amplify contact noise, especially in wide open rooms. If you have ever walked across a hardwood floor when wearing hard heels in a room that is empty, then you understand just how loud the sounds can be. There are two ways that homeowners can handle the noise made by hardwood floors and keep their homes relatively quiet.

The more furnishings and wall coverings you put in a room with a hardwood floor, the more sound will be absorbed. A room full of furniture and soft wall coverings is going to deaden the sound of heels and pet claws significantly.

When you ask us to install your next hardwood floor, you should mention your concern about contact noise. Our technicians will be more than happy to install a layer of padding under the floor that can help to absorb noise and reduce the amount of sound that bounces around the room.

Creaking

Why do hardwood floors creak? If you pay attention to a newly installed hardwood floor, you may notice that it does not creak. The creaking sound you hear occurs when the wood in the floor starts to shrink due to the changes in humidity and temperature over time. The shrinking boards start to lose contact with each other and the subfloor, and they make a sound whenever someone walks on them.

The best way to stop your floors from creaking is to drill a small hole in the creaking board, secure it to the subfloor with a screw and then fill in the hole with liquid wood that matches the color of the rest of the floor. It is a process that sounds simple, but we recommend that you bring in one of our professionals to handle the job for you.

Before you start drilling screws into your hardwood floor, there is a simple method you can use to try and stop the squeaking. By using a rubber mallet to bring the planks closer together, you can temporarily stop the creaking and squeaking your floor is making.

Hardwood floors bring a colorful and warm look to any home or office. When we install a hardwood floor, we always give the property owner plenty of advice on how to maintain their floor properly. When the floor starts making noises, there are steps you can take to stop the creaking. But if you want the creaking to stop for good, then we recommend you give one of our experts a call.

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