Squeak, Squeak, and I’m not talking about Mice & Cheese…..
A little over 13 years ago, my family and I moved into a house in Meridian. We were one of the first houses in the subdivision, and the sub was previously a farm. We noticed a slight problem as soon as we moved in - we had mice, because the field mice didn’t know where to go. My wife and I solved this problem by getting our daughter a cat, and you can imagine the rest is history……
That being said, at my store, Capell Flooring and Interiors, we do a lot of hardwood and laminate woods, and sometimes the unexpected annoyance happens. Here is “what isn’t cheese” about wood flooring: Sometimes wood flooring products will occasionally “squeak.” I promise an occasional squeak doesn’t mean the hardwood is defective. Wood has moisture in it and the percentage of moisture will change throughout the year. I’ve noticed this is the case in my own house, which was built in 2006, and has Rustic Hickory flooring. We especially notice that by the heat vent registers at different times of the year in the morning when you first step on the hardwood flooring it will have some squeaks and creaks. This is because wood will constantly expand and contract throughout the year.
The bottom line is if your wood and laminate wood squeaks from time to time, please don’t automatically think it is defective. It probably isn’t and it is just part of wood. Just like when a house settles, sometimes grout, caulking or even a tile can creak, hardwood floors will sometimes squeak due to temperatures changes in a house. Other areas can squeak too, like your sub-floor, or even the walls in a room where a floor joist is loose. If you ever have a concern, please let us know and we will come look at it for you.
As you read before an occasional squeak in the floor is definitely a lot better than a squeak of a mouse running through your house right after it was built, right?
Your flooring friend,
P.S. Have you ever had a funny mouse story? If so, email me about it so we can have a good laugh together. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (208) 288-0151 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org