When the idea of replacing your floor feels overwhelming, know there’s a simple solution at your fingertips. Using Fix-A-Floor’s extra strength bonding adhesive, even the most apprentice level home DIYers can fix creaky floorboards with ease. This step-by-step guide ensures you can confidently repair your floor, from hollow floor tiles to fixing squeaky laminate floors. This is a cost-effective and easy solution for everyone.
Deciding to replace your floor may sound expensive and daunting but we are here to tell you a simple and easy way to repair the floor yourself using Fix-A-Floor extra strength bonding adhesive, just follow our simple step-by-step how to guide below:
Materials Required for Squeaky Floor Repair:
There are only a few key things you’ll need when looking to fix creaky floorboards, which include:
- Fix-A-Floor Extra Adhesive
- 10:1 ratio thrust caulking gun
- Drill and drill bits
- Vacuum/dustpan and brush
- Damp Sponge/non-abrasive cloth
- Weighted objects (e.g., buckets filled with water)
- Matching grout
- Wood filler
- Syringe (for precise application to narrower grout lines)
- Chalk or tape
Step-by-Step Guide for fixing creaky wooden floorboards:
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- Utilise our Micro Precision Injector Kit for precise drilling in necessary areas.
- Locate issue spots by gently tapping with your fingers or a wooden dowel.
- Mark the problem perimeter using chalk or tape.
- Inside the market area, use a 2.5 mm drill bit (or smaller) to create holes on each end of the problematic floorboards. Larger areas may require additional holes.
- Vacuum over each hole to eliminate debris.
- Unscrew the Fix-A-Floor tip and drill a hole using a 2.5 mm bit, or a matching size of your drilled grout lines.
- Load the Fix-A-Floor adhesive into the 10:1 thrust ratio caulk gun. Start filling each hole. Overflowing adhesive from nearby holes indicates successful coverage.
- Once filled, wipe with a damp cloth/sponge and let it cure for 24 hours. Place weight on the area you have been working on with a bucket of water or something of a similar weight. Visit a DIY store for matching wood putty/filler to cover the holes. For any excess dried residue, please use white spirits or our Fix-A-Floor adhesive remover.
Directions for Fixing Gaps in Wood Floors:
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TOP TIP: For even greater control, use our Fix-A-Floor syringe to apply a bead to gaps in wood floors
- Use the Micro Precision Injector Kit for smaller gap filling.
- Locate the gaps to be filled.
- Unscrew the tip of the Fix-A-Floor tube and drill a hole using a 2.5 mm bit, or alternatively using a Stanley knife.
- Load Fix-A-Floor into a caulking gun with 10:1 thrust ratio.
- Apply the adhesive into each gap using precision using the caulking gun.
- Once filled, wipe any excess adhesive with a non-abrasive damp cloth or sponge and allow to cure for 24 hours. Fix-A-Floor dries clear once fully cured.
Common Reasons for Squeaky Floors
There are several reasons why your flooring may be squeaking, and laminate floors can be more prone to becoming squeaky or hollow. These problems need to be fixed as soon as possible, as not only is the squeaking a rather irritating noise but loose flooring is a danger to walk on. Floor squeaks and hollow-sounding tiles are common household issues that can arise due to:
- Shrinkage: Wooden floorboards shrink over time creating small gaps in the flooring. Walking over these gaps can cause the boards to rub against each other producing a squeaking sound.
- Loose nails: Nails that have come loose from joists can result in floorboards moving up and down on the nail shaft. When pressure is applied, the flooring will begin to squeak.
- Improper installation: Sometimes misfortune hits us, and we must deal with the repercussions of improper installation. It is recommended that a 10 mm expansion gap is left when installing laminate flooring – if this is inadequately done, when the laminate naturally expands, the boards will rub against each other, your walls or door frames causing squeaking.
- Subfloor issues: A subfloor that isn’t glued correctly or lacks enough fasteners could separate from the joists or underlying supports, leading to squeaks.
The benefits of the Fix-A-Floor bonding adhesive
It’s important to have a versatile solution when fixing certain things around the home. One of the major advantages of the Fix-A-Floor adhesive is it can be used with a plethora of surface materials. Wooden floor repair, fixing squeaky laminate floors, hollow marble and stone, porcelain and even tiles with underfloor heating repair is all possible with the Fix-A-Floor adhesive. The versatile nature of the adhesive means it is extremely accessible to most, as well as making it a much more affordable choice rather than paying for someone to come to your home and perform repairs.
And best of all, it’s easy to use!
Easy wooden floor repair with Fix-A-Floor Adhesive
With Fix-A-Floor Adhesive, you’re equipped to resolve squeaky, creaky, and hollow issues in your wooden floors, in addition to flooring made from other materials such as porcelain, marble, stone, and more. Our guide provides a user-friendly approach to restoring your flooring’s integrity and offers the perfect solution for fixing your squeaky laminate floors. Bid farewell to the costly and time-consuming replacements and embrace the satisfaction of simple, yet effective DIY floor repairs.