I Have Creaking Floors: Is It My Foundation? We are asked this question often. A creaking floor may be a sign of foundation issues. Perhaps you are thinking that your house is new and shouldn’t have creaky floors, so the problem must be the foundation. However, creaking floors aren’t limited to old houses and can develop in homes of any age for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the more common reasons:
Changes In Air Moisture
Wood is porous and expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Changes in the weather, and air conditioner cycling make this expansion and contraction process occur on a regular basis. With time, fasteners in the flooring weaken and cause a squeaky floor.
Construction that meets the bare minimum safety codes results in flooring that may be quiet at first but becomes noisy after a while. Cheap materials, insufficient fasteners, and poor workmanship contribute to the problem.
The Type Of Foundation
A floor built on joists atop a pier and beam foundation tends to have more “give” than one built on a slab foundation. This “give” is subtle (and sometimes less so) but is real. This movement encourages floor boards to rub and fasteners to loosen which causes creaking. The upper floors of a house built on any foundation type can also experience this. If the flooring on a pier and beam foundation has some sagging, then creaking can be pronounced.
Whether or not foundation problems are common, depends on the region where you live. Areas with expansive clay soil tend to have more foundation issues than areas with stable soils. If your foundation is built on clay soil then you can’t rule it out as a cause for your squeaking floors. However, you will have to look for additional signs to know if the creaking floor in your house is due to your foundation:
If your home exhibits any of these symptoms or if the creaky floors are a concern and you require peace of mind, contact Perma-Pier Foundation Repair and schedule your no-charge evaluation.