Why does parquet swell?
Wood is very sensitive to moisture. Particularly sensitive is parquet, which is only oiled or waxed. With painted parquet, the risk is lower. When does parquet expand? Basically, whenever too much water hits the wood. The “hidden moisture absorption” can be regulated by paying attention to the correct humidity in the room (approx. 60% relative humidity). When wiping the floor, only a fog-moist cloth should be used – no steam cleaners or drip-wet wipes! If water has been accidentally spilled, the mishap must be rectified as soon as possible. The situation can become particularly critical if hardwood flooring is lying in a kitchen. If you have the possibility, the pure cooking and rinsing area should be better tiled, then “accidents” with water are no problem. If parquet is laid in the bathroom, special rules apply.
Why is parquet squeaking?
Parquet can squeak if the wood “works“, i.e. either dries out or swells. In the joints, it can lead to displacements. Sometimes there are also laying errors: The substrate is not completely flat, with floating laid parquet the necessary stretching fins are not available. When tensions occur in the wood, squeaking occurs. This is remedied by measures similar to those of a creaking floor. Humidity and temperature must fit. You can carefully determine which ground elements cause a lot of noise. It often helps to tighten the planks. This is done, for example, when old floorboards squeak in places. The expert screws directly from above into the planks – exactly where the wooden beams run. This way, the boards are additionally fixed and no longer squeak. The resulting holes can remain open (rustic look) or be closed with a wooden putty. The latter only makes sense if the floor is renovated anyway.
Why is parquet creaking?
A creaking parquet floor can have several causes. Often the unpleasant noise occurs in places that are very often committed and stressed. Cracks in the wood are also possible, caused by the change between heating air in winter and heat-free periods. Infiltclassifyable moisture can also cause the parquet to crack. Often, however, the substrate is also to blame – when moisture forms here and dries again, the parquet creaks. In case of doubt, you should commission a specialist who will take a close look at the floor.