Flooring Question

Upstairs flat suspended flooring creaking.

UPDATE. I have now engaged a builder who has managed to do the job with minimum disruption. Instead of removing all the flooring & refitting, he removed the carpets, found the joists and drilled right through the floor board panels and into the joists and used special screws to firmly fix the boards to the joists. He first took up a small part of the floor to investigate the problem. Apparently in the original build, instead of fastening the boards with screws, they just fixed the wooden slats to the joists with glue and the boards to the slats with glue so it was bad original construction which caused the problem. Everything is fine now the job has been done properly.

I have an upstairs flat in a low rise, 1 up 1 down property. The floor of the flat is a suspended floor. There are steel joists running the entire length of the property with concrete tongue & groove slotted panels as a fire break. Then wooden joists and a chipboard type floor above which was fine when the property was new (about 25 years ago) but now creaks very badly and the neighbour downstairs is being driven crazy by the noise. All of the properties in the estate were built at the same time & they are all the same. Most people just ignore the problem but I feel guilty about disturbing the family below even though its not my fault. As a wheelchair user, I had a wide path installed along the length of my driveway this year consisting of approx 1/2 inch thick concrete and suddenly had an idea. Would I cure my creaking floor problem by having all the furniture removed and getting a builder to lay a skim of concrete say 1/2 inch on top of the suspended floor thereby making a solid surface instead of chipboard panels? Would the weight be too great for the floor to bear or would this now solid floor cure the creaking problem? We don't have a noise problem such as TV, voices, music etc, its purely the creaking floor noise which goes right through the building! Is my idea feasable or if not, is there a way to cure the flooring? If not, I am going to sell up and move to another property. Any advice welcome, THANKS.

1 Answer

Yes the only way to identify the problem would be to investigate it thoroughly, only then would you see the cause and remedy the situation.

Answered 8th Jan 2015

John's Property Maintenance Services

Member since 15 Oct 2014

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