2010 Persimmon Homes Blog

Will Building Regulations Be Improved To Prevent Noisy, Unlevel & Bouncy Floors In New Homes

Posted on: May 17, 2012

Charles Church, part of Persimmon Group plc, has a history of noisy, unlevel or bouncy floors dating back to the 1990’s. In this Telegraph article concerning Clearwater Place in Surrey, a Charles Church development of 46 town houses and apartments, the article says “Floors throughout the development were found to be dropping, creaking and off-level“.

Put simply, the advice given to us from engineers when designing and constructing a new home, was to upgrade from the cheapest joists spaced at the furthest distance. Out of over 25 new homes we have recently viewed, only 1 had floors without these problems. Looking at pre-owned homes built in the last 10 years, the floor problems had developed (with passage of time and foot traffic) to be even worse than we’d expected.


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  • Bob: Perhaps the New Home Builders are enjoying the econmic climate a bit TOO MUCH :(
  • M. Farley: Walked around a new Charles Church Show Home last week, and found same issues discussed above, noisy bouncy floors. when will they fix this? From read
  • Debbie Brown: Neat idea! Can't beat something that makes cake easier to eat and carry.
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