Keeping Your Staircase From Creaking

A day will not go by in which your staircase is not used at least a handful of times. For this reason, a creaking or squeaking staircase can be a headache for any owner. It is easy to happen. Susceptible to wear because of the frequency of their use, things will inevitably work their way loose or slip out of place. Generally, it occurs when the tread (the steps on which you stand) rub against the riser board (the vertical bit that raises each step) because something is unfastened, or when . However, the good news is that staircases are just as easy to fix as they are to damage. Even with bespoke staircases, homeowners generally will not need to call someone to fix the problem. All you need is the correct tools and the right know-how.

Glue Blocks

Glue blocks can be used the strengthen the hold between the tread and the riser board. These are miniature triangular blocks on wood that will snugly fit behind the tread and between the riser. Those with decent DIY skills will be able to make them without too much hassle, but those who don’t have the skills (or the time to implement them) may instead ask a local joinery to do it for them. Some pre-made ones are also available to buy.

Screws Or Nails

Another way to help strengthen the hold between the tread and the riser is to screw them or nail them into place, which can be done by drilling holes through the former and into the edge of the latter. One thing to keep in mind when doing this, however, is that complications could arise if the nail or screw is not firmly tucked in. It could come loose easily and result in even more noise. Furthermore, people using the stairs could catch it if it is sticking out, causing physical injury or damage to clothing.


The other option you have if creaking staircases are a problem is to apply molding to the angles between the riser and the treads. Moldings can be purchased from various DIY outfits and will be available based on the design of your staircases. These can be applied to the front of the stairs (unlike the aforementioned glue blocks which fit around the back) and will be glued to either the top or bottom of the riser.

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