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

Cracks In Interior Wall And Ceiling Surfaces

Article Number

CPG Article Number
9.40

Condition

CRACKS IN INTERIOR WALL AND CEILING SURFACES

Acceptable Performance/Condition

Interior drywall shall be installed to minimize cracking of joints, corners and corner beads.

Warranty

One-Year - Work and Materials. · Cracks resulting from normal shrinkage of materials due to drying after construction are excluded from the statutory warranty.

Action

Only warranted cracks shall be repaired and refinished to match original builder-applied finish as closely as possible.

Remarks

Cracks are not unusual in drywall compound at joints, particularly at corners. Most cracks are a result of normal shrinkage and are generally not warranted. The repair of normal shrinkage cracks is at the builder’s discretion and sanding and repainting is not required. Builder’s specific policies with respect to drywall repair will vary. These repairs are best left until the framing has settled. See Also: 9.5 CEILING/WALL JOINT SEPARATION COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS “TRUSS UPLIFT”

    

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