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These helpful guidelines outline work and material deficiencies in new homes and residential condominium units covered under the statutory warranty [...]

Above-Grade Masonry Veneer Cladding (Including Mortar) Is Cracked

Article Number

4.13

Condition

ABOVE-GRADE MASONRY VENEER CLADDING (INCLUDING MORTAR) IS CRACKED

Acceptable Performance/Condition

Cracks resulting from normal shrinkage are acceptable; crack width in excess of 2 mm is not acceptable.

Warranty

One-Year - Work and Materials. · Cracks resulting from normal shrinkage of materials caused by drying after construction or normal wear and tear is excluded from the statutory warranty.

Action

Cracks in excess of the acceptable condition shall be repaired.

Remarks

Shrinkage during curing of the masonry is natural. Also, regular outdoor temperature fluctuations cause masonry cladding to expand and contract. The resulting thermal stress can also cause cracking; this is considered normal wear and tear. The colour/texture of repaired areas shall match the existing as closely as possible when dry. Variation in colour may be noticeable when wet.

    

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