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How to Fix Your Squeaky Hardwood Stairs

Flooring ServicesSqueaks are not easy to avoid when you have hardwood stairs. As the wood on the tread begins to age, you may notice it squeaks more. While it is completely normal, it does not mean you have to live with the squeaks and creaks coming from your hardwood staircase. Robar Flooring offers flooring services and hardwood stair repairs to help you get rid of those disturbing squeaks.

Why Do My Stairs Squeak?

Most often the cause is ageing wood, which is completely normal. As the wood ages, it dries and shrinks. This allows it to pull away from the framework (known as the stringer). The space that forms between the tread and the stringer allows the wood to move up and down on the nails, which then creates a squeaking noise.

Where is the Squeak Coming From?

Stairs can be deceiving. It is hard to determine which stair is causing the squeak, but you can pinpoint the source by slowly walking up and down the stairs and listening for the loudest squeak.

If you are able to, you may want to fix the stair from below. By doing so you can:
  • Ensure your repairs show less
  • Find the issue and repair it easier from below than you can from above.

Tips for Stopping the Squeaks

Stopping squeaking hardwood stairs not only requires you to first pinpoint which stair is causing the squeak, but then you will need to take a few additional steps to secure the tread back to the stringer.

  • Drill holes at an angle into the tread and the riser to secure the tread back down. Be very careful and use drilling pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
  • Cover the holes using wood plastic or putty. You may have to refinish or re-stain the stair to hide the patch job.

Hire a Company that Specializes in Flooring Services

Repairing hardwood stairs requires skill and experience. If you want your stairs to continue looking great and minimize the risk of wood splits, it is best to call in a professional. Robar Flooring offers no obligation estimates and a variety of flooring services to help you repair every creak, squeak and imperfection in your home’s hardwood surfaces.

For help with your hardwood stairs or floors, give us a call at 416.822.6184 now.

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Samples of hardwood flooring installation

There are many options and possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring and its installation. Few of the most common types include:

  • plank
  • strip
  • parquet
  • engineered
  • laminated floors

All of the above are either nailed or glued down on top of existing sub-floor. In condominiums or commercial properties where sub-floor consists of concrete, plywood is applied on top of the slab in order to allow for nailing of the floor. All glued down floors can be directly applied on top of the concrete. See diagrams below outlining different floor types, installation techniques as well as examples of transition and finishing trims commonly used.