Cracks in drywall
Drywall is a very important component in any building structure. If a drywall installation is not carried out well, cracks may form in the drywall. Although many people ignore the urgency of cracks in drywall, the cracks can actually cause a lot of damage. The cracks in drywall can weaken an entire building and make it unsafe for residency.
Buildings with several storeys such as flat apartment should be carefully analyzed to ensure they have no drywall cracks. Wall structures are also weakened if they have drywall cracks. Businesses or buildings next to walls with cracked drywalls may be at high risk of destruction because the walls may collapse at any time. Many other structures of a building are affected by drywall cracks.
What should one do if they own a commercial building or live in a rented apartment that has these dangerous drywall cracks? We have the solution to your problem. Here at Patch Wall Pro, we offer excellent professional drywall services in the New York New Jersey area. Keep reading to find out what to do with cracks in drywall and what causes them.
Reasons of drywall cracks
Aging and settling of a building
As building ages over time, the owner of the building can expect the structure to experience some wear and tear along with some minor settling. The surface beneath any building’s foundation shifts slightly whenever there is a change in the weather. These movement shifts are normal, unavoidable, and should be no cause for alarm. However, these movements cause small cracks to form in the weak spots of the walls of the building. This is the reason why cracks in drywall corners are common. The settling of a building can worsen if the building is constructed on soft material like fill dirt. More movement and settling causes more cracks in drywall corners to form.
A new building
A new building structure will start forming small cracks in the walls after its construction is complete and several years after. This happens because the fresh construction materials like lumber contain high amounts of moisture in them during construction. As these materials dry after construction, they tend to shift within the building. These shifts in turn cause several cracks to form in the drywall especially at the joints of the drywall sheets.
A vacant building
If a building is left vacant for a while (might be a rental property or a vacation home), cracks may form in the drywall. Regular movement and activities within a building such as people working in a business or a tenant living in a house, help to control the climate within the building structure. This controlled climate is reliable because it helps to keep the drywall from cracking. When a building is vacant for a long time, it lacks internal climate control, which leads to many temperature fluctuations. The temperature fluctuations in the building structures causes the expansion and contraction of the drywall, which causes stress that leads to cracking.
Faulty installation of the drywall
The cracks in drywall around doors, windows, and corners tend to occur when the initial installation of the drywall was not carried out with proper care. If there were mild seam cracks around a door, window, or corner before installation of the drywall, the end result will be formation of cracks in drywall around doors and windows.
How to fix them
How can these drywall cracks be fixed? There are several methods that tenants and building owners can use to get rid of these drywall cracks. Below are some of the methods that we, as Patch Wall Pro drywall experts, recommend:
For a house that is settling and experiencing some movements beneath the foundation, we recommend that all the cracks above the windows and doors be re-taped then repainted. This will not only cover up the cracks, but it will restore the aesthetics’ appeal of the building. If the drywall cracks appear to be deeper, kindly get in contact with us.
A building that is brand new and already forming drywall cracks should be left alone for at least one whole year before steps are taken to deal with the cracks. The waiting period allows the wood structure of the building to dry completely. Other parts of the structure will also settle within this time. After a year, the cracked joints can be re-taped and repainted.
Buildings that have been vacant for a while can simply be repainted and re-taped to fill in the drywall cracks. However, buildings that were left vacant for a long time and developed deep drywall cracks should undergo a professional inspection of the foundation before it is occupied again.
Most drywall cracks can be prevented by careful installation of the drywall. The cracked seams can be fixed with tape of mud before installing the drywall.
If you have any questions about drywall cracks or drywall installation, please get in touch with us today.