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Exploring Low-Risk Vs. High-Risk Drywall Crack Types

Recently in this space, we discussed a few of the common precursors that sometimes lead to cracks in drywall surfaces. There are several sources of possible drywall cracks, from seasonal and temperature-related changes to material settling and a few others as well.

At Blue Dawn Drywall, we offer a wide range of drywall repair services that cover numerous areas, including drywall cracks if they happen to show up on your surfaces. We’ll help you assess and repair any kind of crack, including the types that originate from poor installation from another drywall contractor in the past, ensuring your area doesn’t suffer from leakage or any other risks associated with drywall cracking. Speaking of risk: Not all cracks are created equal when it comes to drywall. Let’s take a quick look at lower-risk and higher-risk drywall crack types, plus what you need to do if you notice each of these anywhere on your surfaces.
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Low-Risk Drywall Crack Formats

So what determines whether a drywall crack or group of cracks is low-risk or high-risk? One of the top signals here is the length of the crack – the longer the crack, the worse the issue likely is. But factors like the location of the crack and the general shape and density also play a role.

There are a couple general drywall crack formats that are mostly considered low-risk:

  • Perimeter cracks: In many cases, the first cracks that show up in drywall surfaces are found near the edges, close to walls and ceilings where there are joint areas. These cracks can be caused either by poor installation or just by simple wear-and-tear and settling issues, which may take place naturally over time. If you choose not to repair these cracks immediately, be sure to at least track their growth over time by marking their locations.
  • Sunburst: If you begin to see cracks that begin at a centerpoint and then spread outward, these are called sunburst cracks, or hairline cracks. These aren’t usually much to worry about unless they grow to greater than 1/16th of an inch in width, at which point they risk more significant damage and you should call our drywall contractors about repairs.

High-Risk Drywall Crack Format

If you begin to notice cracks that are stretching along most of the length of a given surface, these are called multiplanar cracks – and they can be much more serious. If they transfer between walls and ceilings in the same line, these are particularly dangerous and signal potential structural problems in the area. If you notice these cracks, you should immediately contact a drywall contractor from our team and look further into the damage.

For more on the kinds of cracks that may form in your drywall, or to learn about any of our drywall installation or repair services, speak to the staff at Blue Dawn Drywall today.