A subfloor is designed as the foundation for a floor in any given building and even if you do not know it, you have a subfloor in your home this very minute. The subfloor of your home is on the ground level and caps the foundations to provide support for the rest of the house.
It actively supports the walls and structure of your home, and so it is no wonder that maintaining and fixing subfloors is required every now and again to repair any damage done to it. However, there is one complaint associated with a subfloor that is more common than any other one.
If you need to start fixing subfloors in your home it will usually be because they are squeaking. This is a result of the subfloor separating from the floor joists that actually hold up the floor of your living room, for example. The joists are loosened over time as a result of wear and tear.
What starts out as an irritating squeak may eventually turn into an annoying creak every time you move on it. When it gets to this stage, you will not be able to refrain from fixing the subfloors in your home.
How To Fix Your Subfloor
When you begin to actually do it, you will find that fixing subfloors is relatively simple but there is no more effective way to learn than actually performing the task. You cannot effectively learn how to do it from books and manuals, but following these steps whilst fixing subfloors may guide you through it a little:
1. Pull the floorboard back carefully, loosening each individual one with a crowbar or similar tool.
2. When the subfloor is apparent, take a look at the joists to determine whether the gap between the joists is small or large. This will be reflected in the noise but looking will give you a better idea of the problem so you can begin fixing subfloors.
3. If it is a larger gap, place a piece of scrap wood approximately an inch in width next to the joist so it is actually touching. Make sure that it is long enough to touch the subfloor and then fasten it in place with a nail or two. This will support the subfloor and prevent squeaking for a while.
4. If there is a small gap between the joist and the subfloor, use a wooden shim to support the joist but be careful not to widen the gap further. You can complete the task by adding a little strong adhesive to the shim to hold it in place.
5. Fixing subfloors if they have actually separated from the floor can be done by using a screw to bring the two back together. Be wary of the size of the screw you use though because it may actually go all the way through the floor if it is too long.
Alternative Ways Of Fixing Subfloors
If you do not want to open up the floor itself then you can go about fixing subfloors another way. You can try to find out where the floor joists are underneath the floorboards by stepping around the squeak until you find the point of origin.
Use longer nails to join the floor and the joist. If you cannot locate the joist then simply hammer two nails into the floor, and through the floor if possible. You can always fill the hole later but it solves the problem.