It doesn’t matter that it’s one of the most durable and loveliest wood plank flooring species there is. Such characteristics may win it a spot in people’s favorite flooring materials, but they can’t prevent American walnut flooring from squeaking. Squeaking floors can be attributed to the incorrect choice of adhesive, use of poor-quality subflooring, improper installation, and prolonged exposure to extreme weather conditions.
Of all the possible causes mentioned above, the last could be your greatest opponent. In many cases, it may even be invincible since there’s nothing you can do to change the weather outside. Hardwood floors – even something as tough as American walnut flooring – is not immune to the effects of weather. Hardwood floors would either shrink or expand if there’s too much moisture or the air’s too dry. When that happens, your bedroom flooring won’t be an exact fit with the sub-flooring below and that’s when the squeaking starts.
In such cases, the best thing you can do is to take control of your indoor climate. Prevent outside moisture and dryness from coming in. Use a humidifier or a dehumidifier, whichever is necessary, to regulate the climate inside of your home and prevent your floors from contracting or expanding.
If your floors have been improperly installed, you may have to re-nail them or pull them out, add more nails or adhesive, and then re-lay your flooring. The same may be done if you have accidentally applied the wrong adhesive product. While your floor planks haven’t yet been re-installed, you should take the time to inspect your sub-flooring’s condition as well.
Do they seem strong enough? If not, you should do what you can to improve its strength because weak sub-floors will eventually lead to squeaking floors. Lastly, you could also try muting the squeaks that you haven’t yet gotten to fixing by using lubricants.