Originally Posted by Ush1
What age would the house be do you reckon?
I understand that I'd be changing the decor but things like the floors under the carpets, could that be more expense than it's worth?
Floors usually creak because the boards or plywood have shrunk slightly since it was fitted, thus leaving the screws or nails slightly looser than the ideal.
It is very easily sorted out, but you would have to take up the carpet obviously.
If the whole attic floor seems bouncy or the creaks dont
come from under your foot however, that might indicate that the floor joists, (which were originally just ceiling joists) were not strengthened or supported in the conversion. This could be messy and expensive to sort out.
If its individual boards/areas of ply however, it might only need re-screwing.
Plywood is not particularly bad flooring material, the real dodgy one is chipboard or even 'OSB' board.
If ordinary boards get wet, they'll rot too, just at a slower rate. In any event, structural floors inside a house shouldnt be getting wet at all, - if they are, you have bigger problems than the flooring material.
To find out the age, I'd either ask the estate agent straight out, as he'd be obliged to tell you as accurately as he knew, or simply knock on a door or two in the same estate till you find someone who has been there since it was built, or knows when that was.
The age would be important to know accurately, as common practice relating particularly to wall insulation have changed a few times over the years.