One would expect a new house to not have cracked walls or ceilings. However, a newly constructed house is prone to have cracks on walls and ceilings show up relatively early on. One of the reason why cracks show up is because with time, the house is settling in place. As the windy weather blows at the house, it makes the structure slightly move. Also, the cold and hot temperatures can cause the wood and other materials to dilate or contract.
The cracks are not necessarily a sign of structural damage. However, structural damage is one of the major causes for ceiling cracks. If there are foundation problems, ceiling cracks may appear because of foundation settlement which puts stress on the building’s frame. Thin, spider web cracks in the plaster or painting are usually nothing to worry about. However, to be on the safe side, if you suspect the cracks may have a deeper issue than just a cosmetic one, you should contact an experienced foundation repair professional to take a look at the cracks on your walls and ceilings. Then, when you are ready, reach out to us to go in to take a look and price out for the plaster repair.
Cracks can eventually come back at the same spot or at different spots. Reasons for wall and ceilings cracks include (and are not limited to): the house aging, the foundation settling, construction being done nearby with heavy machinery, heavy trucks constantly driving by and causing vibration to the house, heavy wind loads hitting against the house slightly moving it… So many things can happen to cause cracks. When this occurs and you are ready and in need of a good plasterer to fix the cracks and do touch-ups in your Massachusetts house, or any other interior plaster service, give Boston Plastering a call!