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Ana
Would rubber underlayer and floating floors solve subfloor squeeks?

The short of the story I am facing is this:

Our building is from 1900. Our floors are (original?) oak thin strips floors. The wood strips are in good condition with no loose boards. But every time we apply any pressuer on the floor it squeeks like an old rusty bed. It is the same in the apartment over us. 

Our original proposal was to rip floors apart, replace the subfloor and then install rubber underlayer with floating floors. However our building is insisting that installing rubber underlayer over the existing floor and then floating floor would be just fine in addressing squeaks

what is the best way to proceed?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Would rubber underlayer and floating floors solve...

It may deaden the sound but it will not solve the problem. Sqeeking is an indication the the flooring or the subfloor in not solididly fastened to the joists. How to hix would depend on wether or not you have access to the floor from below or not. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/fixing-squeaky-floor  and https://www.squeakyfloor.com/

Jack

 

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