Northern Colorado's Top Rated Local®

Residential Painting

Why Choose Horner Painting?

Correcting Cracks in Your Home’s Interior

October 15, 2020

No homeowner wants to see cracks in their drywall, yet nearly every home has surfaces that are susceptible to get cracks over time. Cracks can crop up in drywall due to a leak, temperature changes, house shifting, or poor drywall installation. And unfortunately, cracks can be unpredictable and difficult to prevent. However, most cracks are relatively harmless to the integrity of the structure of a home, though they may be an indication that your home requires a bit of maintenance.

So, let’s talk tips to keep your home as free from cracks as is possible. Let’s take a look at the causes of cracks, how to fix cracks, and what you can do to minimize the likelihood of cracks in the future, so you can rest assured that your home is whole and free from these unsightly signs of deterioration.

Crack Causes

smallcrack 5f889286c340e - Correcting Cracks in Your Home’s Interior - Horner Painting

As we mentioned, cracking can occur on drywall surfaces due to leaks, temperature changes, house settling, and poor drywall installation. Fortunately, only leaks and poor installation should be alarming.

If you suspect that you may have a leak, take a close look at the crack. Do you see discoloration around the edges of the crack? Does the paint bubble up or vary in texture near the crack? Or, most obviously, can you see or feel moisture? If you suspect that water is causing a crack in your home’s drywall, then it’s best to further inspect your home for the source of the leak. Ceilings underneath your home’s attic or roof and exterior walls may be susceptible to leaks from precipitation outdoors. Meanwhile, interior walls and ceilings are more likely to have a leak caused by faulty plumbing. You may have to have a roofer or plumber inspect your property if you can’t locate the source of a leak itself. Be sure to remedy the leak before performing any repairs, and give the drywall time to dry out before moving forward.

If you have cracks rearing their head all over your home, then it’s likely that the drywall was installed poorly, or the drywall tape used may have lost its adhesion. This may be a sign that you’ll need to re-tape all drywall that is affected. If you only have small cracks throughout your home, you may be able to use a hardy glue to press the tape back into place (wood glue or other construction glues may do the trick).

How to Fix Cracks

dreamstime xxl 103102504 5f8892773c222 - Correcting Cracks in Your Home’s Interior - Horner Painting

Different cracks will require different repairs. Straight cracks that run along the tape of drywall will require that you either use an adhesive on the tape and press it back into place, or you scrape away loose tape and replace it.

Minor cracks that span across the drywall surface can often be repaired with spackle. However, major cracks that run across surfaces should be taped to keep the crack from spreading.

Cracks caused by leaks may require that you replace parts of the drywall (if the drywall is saturated or full of mold, for example). If the surface is dry, the leak is repaired, and the crack is minor, you may be able to repair the crack with tape or spackle, depending on the size of the crack.

Regardless of the repairs, your damaged walls and ceilings may need to be retextured to make the surface contiguous once again, and, of course, you’ll have to repaint the surface. You can use drywall compound over the tape to repair the surface. Sand the compound to create a smooth surface, or use a texture compound to recreate the texture of the surface — consider hiring a contractor for textured surfaces if you don’t know how to apply texture yourself.

Minimizing the Likelihood of Cracks

While you may not be able to do anything to prevent cracks that can occur due to your home settling or cracks from a poor drywall installation, you can proactively prevent leaks and you can keep your home’s temperature regulated to reduce the likelihood of cracking caused by temperature swings. Be sure to keep an eye on the condition of your roof and siding, and keep fresh caulking on your doors and windows to keep precipitation from penetrating your home’s exterior. You can hire a plumber for regular inspections, and replace older pipes and fixtures if they are outdated to fend off plumbing leaks. To keep the temperature regulated in your home, simply keep the thermostat set at a moderate temperature range, even when you’re away from the house (especially during hot summer or cold winter days).

hornerpainting ctabanner 5c5c9f546f48c - Correcting Cracks in Your Home’s Interior - Horner Painting

Here for Painting and Minor Repairs

Here at Horner Painting, we can help you to keep your home interior pristine with our painting services. We’re here to ensure that all of the surfaces of your home look as fresh as they did the day it was built. We even provide minor repairs for drywall surfaces — just let us know about the damage at hand, we may be able to help! If you’re ready to give your home’s interior an update with a professional paint job, we’re eager to help. Reach out to us today to get started — Horner Painting proudly provides painting services throughout Northern Colorado, offering services for our neighbors in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Johnstown, Wellington, Severance, and Timnath.

Simple Process

Our procedure starts by giving you a free estimate and comprehensive warranty information. No deposit is ever required.

Insured & Bonded

You can rest assured working with Horner Painting as a fully insured and warrantied company. Our five-year comprehensive warranty is one of the best you will find in Northern Colorado.

Our Promise

At Horner Painting we strive for excellence. In the event that you are unhappy, we will make it right! At the completion of every job we set up a walk through to go over every detail of your project. We do not expect any payment until the job is finished to your satisfaction. All projects also include a five-year comprehensive warranty.

Articles From Your Painters

Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Have you been staring at your dull and outdated kitchen cabinets, wondering how to breathe new life into your space?  Unless they are severely damaged or broken, replacing them is both costly and unnecessary. A better option is to have your cabinets painted and replace your existing hardware with a newer, more updated style. At […]

Read More
How Often Should You Paint Your Home's Interior?

Maintaining the beauty and integrity of your home’s interior is essential, and a fresh coat of paint can work wonders. In this article, we will explore the factors that influence the frequency of house painting, offering valuable insights to help you make informed decisions about keeping your home looking its best.  Whether you’re considering painting […]

Read More
Do’s and Don’ts of Exterior Painting in Colorado

Whether you’re getting ready to put your home up for sale or you want to just give your home’s exterior a fresh, new update, save time and money by doing the job right the first time around. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of exterior painting in Colorado from the professionals at Horner Painting.  The […]

Read More
Copyright © 2021 Horner Painting. Do Not Copy.
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram