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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

I recently had click bamboo floors installed in my house. In some areas, they "crackle" when stepped on. What causes that, how do I fix it

bamboo floating floors squeak crackle

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It might be caused by the polyethylene moisure-blocking layer under your tiles (assuming that you used one, of course).
If so, it should dissapear after a few weeks......

Answered 8 years ago by Bill P.


Bamboo floors are basically just glued-together bamboo fiber - essentially a composite grass-resin product similar to Trex but with the fibers all linear and lower resin percentage. Therefore, they start cracking through the fiber quite quickly - I have seen several bamboos floors scrapped within weeks of installation. In my opinion, another case of a building product that is inherently unsuitable being pushed onto unsuspecting homeowners as the "in thing" to install - joining the list of EFS and particle board and OSB and vinyl siding, many tankless water heaters, foil radiant barriers (in many applications), green board for use behind shower/tub surrounds, floating tile floors, whole-house AFCI breakers, ventless fireplaces, downdraft ranges, etc, etc.

Could also be they used a snap-joint or glued joint type that the joints are popping apart in when walked on.

Or could be it was installed on bubble-wrap type pad (common on concrete floors because it acts as a vapor barrier too) and the flooring is too flexible for the padding, so the bubbles are popping.

The squeek would be from too flexible a flooring for the type padding put under it, or joints coming loose, or if nailed-down too short of nailsor too flexible a pad so the flooring is moving up and down relative to the nails orthe nails areloosein the underlayment.

Solution - in my opinion, get a real flooring material - something more durable than grass. In any event, taking it up is going to be the first step to almost any fix.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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