You love the look of the hardwood floors you’ve just had installed in your home. Or maybe they’ve been there for a while, and you still adore them. With the right installation techniques, your hardwood will last for years and even decades. During that time, though, they could get noisy.
Before Installation Happens
Let’s suppose that you are about to have new hardwood put down. Before installation happens, you’ve got some thinking to do. For instance, do you know what an underlayment is? Find out as much as you can about it, because one way to cut down on the noise is to have an underlayment installed at the same time as your floors. This forms a barrier that absorbs sound and also increases how durable the floors are. The underlayment can be made of several different materials. Some examples include vinyl, rubber, and reinforced foam. All of them do a wonderful job, so it all comes down to which one you prefer.
What to Do Next
When you rent a home, there might not be much you can do to deal with noisy hardwood floors. However, when you do own your home, you have more options at your disposal. Choose different types of furniture. Sofas, sectionals, and armchairs can help soak up some of that noise.
Decorating also makes more of a difference than you might think. Use fabrics, upholstery, and throw rugs to your advantage. Window treatments and wall coverings can also deaden the noise. If you choose to use window treatments and wall coverings, then be sure to choose thicker materials.
Take the time to inspect the planks of wood underneath your feet. It’s easy to take your gorgeous hardwood for granted, but you also have to do your best to take care of it. Gapping and cupping can lead to those annoying noises every time you walk around your home. This comes from friction between the boards or a gap between the joists and subfloors. Go into your basement if you have one and look up. Have a family member walk across the floors upstairs while you watch what happens. You might be able to determine what the problem is. Even if you can’t, don’t worry! The experts at Jason Brown Wood Floors are happy to help!
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.