How to lay prefabricated oak parquet

How do you fix the creaking of a floating parquet?

  • Well, if the cause is the unevenness of the screed, it is best to have the parquet removed Level the ground underneath, and then put the parquet back on it.

  • If it creaks because the impact sound mat is too soft, you have to replace it. This means: parquet out, Replace mat, then put the parquet back in.

  • If it is due to the moisture from the concrete or the lower floors, you must also remove the parquet (and let it dry). But then a so-called Vapor barrier under the impact sound mat laid, which retains the moisture from below. You can then lay the parquet on it again, should it have regenerated sufficiently.

  • If the cause is the room temperature fluctuation, you have two options: First, you ensure that the Temperature no longer fluctuates as much. Second, you misplace one Wooden floor which is a not that strong Has swelling and shrinking behavior. You can find out more in our article on different types of wood for parquet.

But what should you do if the creaking is not coming from the parquet itself but from the wall plinths?

This is a very rare scenario. It usually means that the wooden floor has stretched too much and now it does on the walls (under the baseboards).

When you step on it (especially close to the wall), the parquet rubbing against the wall or the plinth. This produces a noise similar to that of parquet creaking, albeit a little more dull and scratchy.

If this is the case, the only thing left to do is either to trim the parquet along the edge, or to lay a new one straight away.

The first variant is a little unattractive and only really works if you also have a wall base. However, it is financially more attractive than the second.

The latter is the “comme-il-faut” variant, which we normally recommend because it rarely brings new complications with it.