Overcoming Structural Floor Squeaks in Wood-Framed Construction

Floor squeaks are one of the most common homeowner complaints in single-family homes and can be a costly repair in multifamily or light-commercial buildings. A part of a home or building that actively performs all day, every day, it's one of the most important structural interior components of design. While wood-frame floor systems have maintained 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 sub-par subflooring products or installation. This course discusses subfloor assembly components and the high-performance standards and product innovations from frame to finish that are helping change the quality feel and sound of flooring systems.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the behavioral 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.

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