How to Quiet Creaking Laminate Flooring

By Denise Brown

Hardwood floors are notorious for having squeaks and creaks as you walk across them. Laminate flooring is no different. Whether it’s the subflooring that has the problem or the laminate planks that are rubbing, a creaking floor can be very annoying. There are a number of things you can do to silence laminate floor squeaks. Some involve working with the laminate flooring, but some repair tips may take you into the basement or crawlspace of your house.

List of Items Needed

  • Powdered graphite or talcum powder
  • Wooden shims
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Squeak-ender
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Rotary tool
  • Breakaway screws
  • Wood putty
  1. Work powdered graphite or talcum powder in between the planks of laminate flooring that are rubbing together and creaking. Bounce lightly on the flooring as you put the graphite or talcum on the floor to open any crevices between planks. This allows the powder to get in between the planks and helps quiet the creaking sounds. Repeat this step, as needed, to keep the floors quiet.

  2. Identify where the creaking floor spots are by having someone walk on the laminate flooring while you are in the basement or crawlspace. Tap on the floor above to pinpoint the location of the creak. Work a thin wood shim between the joist and the subflooring if the creak is directly above a floor joist. See if that stops the noise by slightly raising the subfloor material. Set a screw through the joist and shim to hold it in place.

  3. Attach a squeak-ender product to the subflooring under the squeak. Insert the kit’s hanger bolt through the plate in the kit from the top down. Attach the plate and hanger bolt to the subflooring nearest a floor joist under the squeak, using the four screws in the assembly kit. Slide the angle iron portion of the squeak-ender so one end of the angle iron cups the bottom of the nearest floor joist and the other end attaches to the hanger bolt. Tighten the angle iron onto the hanger bolt with an adjustable wrench until the squeak disappears.

  4. Add additional bracing between floor joists to give the floor additional support if the squeaking seems widespread. Place screws so they connect with the brace and the floor joists.

  5. Drill small pilot holes near the squeak using a power drill or a rotary tool with an all-purpose bit. Insert breakaway screws designed to repair laminate flooring into the holes and connect them to the subflooring. Break off the screw tops. Fill any holes with wood putty that matches the laminate flooring.

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