Why does plaster crack around windows?
In respect to this, are cracks around windows normal?
A: Wall cracks are fairly common in both new and older homes and are often the result of normal house “settling” that can quickly, inexpensively be remedied by re-taping the joints—the seams where the drywall panels meet.
One may also ask, how do you fix plaster around a window? Choose plaster patching compound, which is available in most home improvement centers.
- Pry off the trim molding around the window with the flat edge of a pry bar.
- Pull the nails from the molding with a nail puller or pliers.
In this way, what causes plaster to crack?
Some common causes of wall cracks include: Humidity – Wood frames in most older homes expand and contract when the humidity rises and falls. This in turn puts stress on the plaster or drywall in front of it. The stress levels of your interior walls eventually lead to cracking.
When should I be concerned about plaster cracks?
Other cracks can appear from settlement and are often seen in new build properties, or where a new extension has been built. Cracks can appear between the ceiling and wall or around doors and windows.
The main time you need to worry about cracks is:
- They appear.
- You fill or plaster over them.
- They come back.