My house (garrison colonial) is 28 yrs old. I've been good at keeping
up with repairs, etc.
Last year, the floors in the rooms upstairs got to the point I had to
tighten the flooring. The noise had been building for a while. I rolled
back the carpets and padding. I went along each joist and put in
decking screws about every 8 inches.
Had a few places that no matter what I did, I couldn't quiet. Some of
the subfloor goes under partition walls.
Now, in a few places, its worse than ever. Particularly the bathroom.
For some history, about 5 yrs ago, I put tile in the upstairs bathroom.
The room is about 7 ft x 9 ft. I took up the second layer of sub floor
and added 1/2" cement coard. 4 x 4 tiles on top of that.
before I started this, I had talked to 2 contractors for estimates to
do the job. All said they would do the same. I couldn't pay what they
wanted, one didn't want the job, so I did it my self.
While we're away during the day, the floor I'm sure relaxes due to us
not being there. When anybody walks in to the bathroom or the master
bedroom, the floor "snaps" in one place and groans/squeaks in another.
The adjoining walls also make popping noises. From what plans I have,
the framing is 2x8 on 16 centers, 12 ft span. I have access to the
bathroom from the kitchen (would means pulling down ceiling) and some
of the upstairs hall.
Since I think I need professional expertise, what type of contractors
would I be looking to call? Framing contractors, structural engineers?
I'm sure that I'm imagining that it's worse than it is, but at this
point I want to be sure. If nothing else, the noise is driving me nuts
(although no one else in the house seems to notice or comment about
Thanks in advance.