Common Reasons for Drywall Showing Cracks

While drywall is a strong, durable material, like many others that are similarly reliable, it’s still prone to long-term wear-and-tear and other damage. When this sort of thing takes place, often the first visible issue you’ll notice on your drywall is the presence of cracks.

At Blue Dawn Drywall, we’re proud to offer a full range of drywall repair services for cracks, tears or any other kinds of damage. Why do cracks form in your drywall to begin with? There are some situations where it might be due to faulty installation or some related issue, but in most cases, drywall actually cracks due to normal, understandable conditions or wear. However, there are a few things you can do to protect your drywall from these risks for as long as possible. Let’s look at the primary causes of drywall cracks, plus some prevention tips in each area.

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Seasonal Cracks

In many cases, cracks in your drywall form due to fluctuating temperatures that show up between changing seasons. This sort of thing is common in Utah, which can experience large temperature swings within a given week, day or even portions of a day.

This area relates to both temperature itself and humidity. Especially in larger rooms exposed to lots of air, the expansion and contraction caused by these changes can lead to major movement in drywall, which turns into cracking. One good prevention tip here is expansion control joints, which can stop the drywall from changing its shape too much when the seasons change.

Cracks From Settling

One of the most common causes of drywall cracks is basic settling, which refers to materials used in drywall or other connected areas moving slightly as they dry out and finalize their shape. Cracks in these cases are common around “tension points” like doors, windows and other weaker areas.

There’s often little you can do to prevent settling, which may speak to the quality of soil or foundation in a home. One tip we do offer when assessing settling, however: It’s important to wait for all framing components to fully dry before looking at repairs. Otherwise, further settling could take place afterward and you could deal with future repeated cracks.

Other Temperature Changes Causing Cracks

We mentioned temperature changes above, but it’s important to note they can crop up even during non-seasonal changes as well. One type of property that’s at particularly high risk for this sort of thing is a vacation, rental or summer home – these areas are only inhabited rarely, and therefore go through larger swings of temperature and humidity (no one leaves their heat on all year long at a summer home, for instance, so the temperatures get much colder during winter).

For more on the causes of drywall cracks, or to learn about any of our drywall installation or other services, speak to the staff at Blue Dawn Drywall today.