Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Design to Prevent Floor Squeaks

Subflooring Insights for Quiet, Stiff Floor Designs

Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by AdvanTech® subflooring by Huber Engineered Woods LLC
Presented by Mike Pyle, PE, CDT
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the behavior characteristics of high-performance wood-framed floor systems with superior strength and stiffness attributes.
  2. Investigate the multiple components of a wood-framed floor system and the ways that they all contribute to improved performance and the elimination of movement and floor squeaks.
  3. Assess the functional contributions of engineered wood subflooring as it relates to structural strength, fastener retention, water resistance, and overall stiffness.
  4. Design and specify wood-framed floor systems that perform as intended and reduce or eliminate squeaks that are indicators of other issues.


AAA 1 Learning Hour
May qualify for 1 AANB Learning Hour
AAPEI 1 Learning Hour
AIBC 1 Learning Hour
MAA 1 Learning Hour
May qualify for 1 NSAA Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Learning Hour
NWTAA 1 Learning Hour
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Approved for Core Learning
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may quality for Learning Hours with NWTAA

Floor squeaks are one of the most common homeowner complaints in single-family structures and can be a costly repair in multifamily or light-commercial buildings. As part of a home or building that actively performs all day, every day, it's one of the most important structural interior surfaces of design. While wood-frame floor systems have maintained fairly consistent design standard for years, there remains a persistent issue with squeaks, pops, and uneven flooring that may be the result of a combination of subpar subflooring products or installation.

Join AdvanTech Product Director Mike Pyle for a discussion on best floor system design practice from frame to finish, to prevent floor squeaks.

Floor under construction.

Mike Pyle AdvanTech Products Director Mike Pyle is a licensed professional engineer with 17 years of construction industry experience and a seasoned educator as the former Director of Product Engineering at Huber Engineered Woods. In his current role, Mike brings a unique perspective on the intersection of leveraging high-performance product innovations to meet today’s design and construction challenges.

“AdvanTech Huber Engineered Woods LLC, a manufacturer of innovative product solutions for the building industry, offers high-performing products, including AdvanTech® flooring and ZIP System® sheathing. Visit for more on the innovations made for today’s changing construction needs.