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Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

We just went to view an old apartment in Basel.....really nice, just what we were looking for BUT the parkett floor which is beautiful old wood is extremely noisy and squeaky as you step onto the wood pieces. Its the old style "herringbone" type floor with pieces the size of bricks.....something like that.

Does anybody know if that type of floor is repairable economically, or will it cost a fortune?

PS If it sounds like i'm being too precious about it....imagine slippers made of tiny pigs, and you'll be close to the noise!
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

carpets and slippers is the only thing you can do. otherwise it needs replacement which well like everything costs a small fortune.
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...imagine slippers made of tiny pigs, and you'll be close to the noise!
You rang M'lord?



I'm too would opt for soft slippers and carpet i'm afraid, or renew the floor but that is going to cost you more then what its worth..

Of to the carpet shop it is..but if that will fix the noise issue..
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

I was just looking at the price of the parkett we put down in this new house.....was CHF90 per sq metre....plus labour and egdes etc etc....say CHF150 per sq metre....

With removal of the other old stuff, maybe CHF200 per m2.....so CHF20-25 grand to do the whole of a 120 sq m apartment.....

Does that sound about right, or too low?

(I KNOW that I need to get a proper quote blah blah blah, we're just trying to decide if its even doable)
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We just went to view an old apartment in Basel.....really nice, just what we were looking for BUT the parkett floor which is beautiful old wood is extremely noisy and squeaky as you step onto the wood pieces. Its the old style "herringbone" type floor with pieces the size of bricks.....something like that.

Does anybody know if that type of floor is repairable economically, or will it cost a fortune?

PS If it sounds like i'm being too precious about it....imagine slippers made of tiny pigs, and you'll be close to the noise!
I went through a similar situation. Eventually you get used to it. The problem starts if someone lives above you and their floor squeaks too! I love the herringbone wood floors, especially when they have been refurbished. Its not worth it to re-do them. Other than that its carpet...Good Luck
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

Cheaper option is to say the sound is just the character of the house

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I was just looking at the price of the parkett we put down in this new house.....was CHF90 per sq metre....plus labour and egdes etc etc....say CHF150 per sq metre....

With removal of the other old stuff, maybe CHF200 per m2.....so CHF20-25 grand to do the whole of a 120 sq m apartment.....

Does that sound about right, or too low?

(I KNOW that I need to get a proper quote blah blah blah, we're just trying to decide if its even doable)

Would you do the works yourself or let someone do it for you?

Possible solution :

I remember my cousin had a similar problem, and got it fixed by putting an isolating/insulating acoustic floor mat on top of it, and just put the new parket over the old one, with the floor mat in between.



Saved them a bundle in labour, removal charges, skip etc.. and ad's to savings in their heatbill too..

They come in all sorts of material, in a variation from thin to thick for your needs.

Made the peole below them happy too as they don't hear every step made on the wooden floor anymore

Maybe an idea to play around with?
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

Good idea, but isn't that still going to cost something like 20k, same as a new floor?

I find it difficult to believe there isn't some treatment that is a more economic solution. Here is a list of a pile of outfits that do parquet in Basel. Call one or more up and ask what can be done to solve the problem, while still keeping the original floor.

http://yellow.local.ch/en/q/Basel/Pa...e=text&start=5
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Good idea, but isn't that still going to cost something like 20k, same as a new floor?
When bought in Switzerland yes, but check out the prices in France or Germany..
Yes yes i know we all should support the Swiss economy but for now i support my own wallet, unless the goverment here is going to pay a% of the renovations, i'd go accross the border.
No harm in comparing the prices.

All depends if the OP wants to keep the old floor and get it " re - done ", or just want's to go for a new floor all together.

When pulling out old floors ,god knows what you will find under it that needs work done.. If it ain't kapput, don't fix it

Placing the new floor on top it is cleaner work.. but thinking of it , if that floor isn't level, you are walking into a new world of problems..

But i see your point, if OP likes the floor, they might considder to get it re-done, but for how long will that last..as long as a new floor would?

Sorry Caviar, i'm not making it easy for you to decide
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

What I did in my home was just buy the relatively cheap tongue and groove parkett look alike stuff with the green (cheap) felt like underlay from Bauhaus or Jumbo. It seems to spread the weight and stop the squeaks.
Maybe there is some colourless resin and a few subtle holes drilled in the joins - which you could put down first which would soak into the porous gaps to help with dampening the movement?
If it is just rented, then please ignore the above or you will have problems when you move out.
Maybe try papagoose - he is a minefield of DIY tricks

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What I did in my home was just buy the relatively cheap tongue and groove parkett look alike stuff with the green (cheap) felt like underlay from Bauhaus or Jumbo. It seems to spread the weight and stop the squeaks.
Maybe there is some colourless resin and a few subtle holes drilled in the joins - which you could put down first which would soak into the porous gaps to help with dampening the movement?
If it is just rented, then please ignore the above or you will have problems when you move out.
Maybe try papagoose - he is a minefield of DIY tricks
You covered beautiful herringbone original hardwood parkett with cheap laminate?!
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

Get a professional to give you an estimate for fixing, and an estimate for replacing.

Then you will know what you are facing.
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

I would explore the option of replacement. You will be surprise how a good sanding down, replacement of some damage/squeaky pieces and a new varnish will brighten up hard wood floors. My friend just redid his floors this way. The smaller the pieces, the cheaper and easier it is for you to replace. (I always thought it was the other way around since smaller pieces were more labor intensive but apparently that is not the case). I have a good recommendation for a floor/parkett guy if you are interested. He does quality work and much cheaper than others I have seen. I don't think Basel would be an issue, but he only speaks German. PM me if you are interested in the contact.

I can also check with my friend again. He redid the parkett in the living room, and replaced carpets in the bedroom with parkett...I am not sure how many m2 that is (overall flat is 95m2, where tiles is in the main hallway, kitchen and bath/WC), but overall the work was less than 10k.

btw - if your place already have parkett in place, then chances are good that the floors beneath is pretty level...this is not always the case if there is carpet...the statement of you never know what you may find underneath is usually used for carpet removal to prep for parkett.

Like I said, PM me if you would like the contact for the parkett guy. He has been reliable and reasonably priced for two projects that my friend did.

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You covered beautiful herringbone original hardwood parkett with cheap laminate?!
OK - it wasnt so beautiful - but it was original and squeaky - and I was in a rush. Probably the best option now I see all the damage I caused to the laminate in the last 3 years of renovation. When I have lots of dosh, it is still there if I need it.
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

I'd do it in a house but only in an apartment if the whole building did the same. You might also consider relaying the same flooring only replacing any pieces beyond repair - this seems common together with introducing new sound proofing underneath.
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

I had wooden floorboards in my old house with just a few squeaks in a coupld of well trodden areas and my building inspector said to try some talcum powder if the boards were rubbing together.

Quick google search found this one:
http://askville.amazon.com/rid-squea...uestId=2474712

worth a test...
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We just went to view an old apartment in Basel.....really nice, just what we were looking for BUT the parkett floor which is beautiful old wood is extremely noisy and squeaky as you step onto the wood pieces. Its the old style "herringbone" type floor with pieces the size of bricks.....something like that.

Does anybody know if that type of floor is repairable economically, or will it cost a fortune?

PS If it sounds like i'm being too precious about it....imagine slippers made of tiny pigs, and you'll be close to the noise!
Not sure, but it may also depend if it a floating floor (without adhesive) or non-floating. Some of the floating floors can be partly redone or glued in areas.
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Re: Can anything be done with noisy parkett flooring?

My cousins (the don't live in Switzerland) have been in the parquet business for over 20 years now and have around 30 employees. They only work on whole new buildings. I had the same problem with walnut parquet at my home (not in Switzerland, again) but mine was squeaking on certain places that were affected by the sun. The recommended that those areas should be taken away and put back with better glue. What would be even better, you sand everywhere (the top of the parquet) and you fix those areas where it is squeaky, put back and that is it. Ask what kind of price that would be and if it will solve your problem, since not every wood/parquet is the same.
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