Although a degree of movement is inevitable,
cracks should not be ignored and neither should the maintenance issues that cause them. Even so, it is worth remembering that traditional buildings were built using lime and other materials, which allow for some shifting of the structure.
What to look out for
Cracks and bulges appearing in walls both internally and externally. In the UK cracks may occur due to shrinkage during drying; they are common after central heating has first been installed.
Doors and windows that bind can indicate structural movement but the problem may be due to damp weather. Tapered cracks running diagonally from the corner of doors or windows. Movement tends to show here – as openings in walls are weak points.
Cracked render or plaster around the top of a window might mean that the bearing end of a timber lintel is rotten. Cracks between a bay window and the building indicate that the bay window isn’t tied correctly to the structure. Sloping floors could point to subsidence or other structural problems.
Battered by the wind, drenched by the rain and baked by the sun, the exterior elements of a building from its protective skin. This needs to be kept in good repair otherwise damp and decay will ensue. As well as preventing damage, a little TLC is hugely beneficial because it saves money, avoids wasteful replacement, and will mean the building stays warmer and is more comfortable.
If you are in need of structural works and require
some assistance we would be delighted to help.
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