Hardwood flooring is not a small investment, but it is an extremely worthwhile one. When properly installed, your hardwood will last for years to come. Sometimes, however, this type of flooring can be a tad noisy. Fortunately, noisy hardwood is pretty easy to prevent and treat!
One of the best preventative measures you can take to avoid noisy hardwood is to have an underlayment installed. This is a barrier that goes between the subfloor and the flooring planks. An underlayment can also protect your flooring to help it last longer. The thicker the underlayment is, the better it should be at masking the sound. Underlayment is typically made of vinyl, rubber, or super-strong foam. Any one of these materials is a fantastic sound-absorbing layer.
If you’re purchasing a home with noisy hardwood, there are some small things you can do to reduce the amount of noise coming from the floors. Some types of furniture can help absorb noise. Upholstered furniture, like sofas, sectionals, and armchairs are surprisingly good at preventing noise.
When you’re trying to decorate your home to reduce sounds, fabrics, upholstery, and throw rugs are your best friends. Window treatments and fabric wall hangings on the walls will help to absorb the sound. Thicker materials tend to work the best.
You should also check the wood planks themselves to make sure there’s nothing wrong that’s causing your flooring to be noisy. Sometimes there are small gaps between the boards and they start to rub together and make noise. There could also be a gap between the subfloor and the joist. If your home has a basement where you can get a view of the floor above, you can have someone walk across the floor and see if you can tell what the problem is from below.
Hardwood Flooring Installation and Maintenance 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.