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Ceiling Health Check

When was the last time you had a ceiling health check? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about your ceiling until there’s a problem. However, ceiling issues can crop up anywhere, even in brand-new homes. That’s why it’s important to do a ceiling health check from time to time.

When ceilings are installed, adhesive is applied to the ceiling/roof joists. Gyprock plasterboards are then installed on to the adhesive and pins are applied to hold them in place. The drying time for the adhesive is dependent on the weather, in summer the drying time is almost instantaneous. If the conditions are not factored in during installation, this could result in ceiling issues down the road.

Check your ceilings

Damaged ceiling

Luckily, there are a few simple checks you can do. Firstly, look at your ceiling! If there are visible “pin” holes appearing or parts of the ceiling are looking uneven, this is a sign that the Gyprock boards are starting to come away from the roof joists. Secondly, if you are ever in doubt, simply take a picture and send it to us! We’ll be able to help you diagnose your ceiling if there is a problem.

If caught early enough, we can fix falling ceilings by propping it back into position and installing new fixings. We install our fixings closer together than standard recommendations to secure your ceiling and give you peace of mind. It is important to note that the longer the boards are left pulling away from the ceiling, the more difficult it will be to get them back into position. This would result in a bigger bill as well.

Won’t insurance cover ceiling issues?

Ceiling Health Check - Repaired ceilings

We’ve dealt with many companies over our years in business and insurance companies use the term “maintenance” when reviewing insurance claims that involve ceilings breaking or falling down completely. In other words, your insurance may or may not cover the cost of repairs if they deem that your ceiling was not properly maintained. Hence the importance of conducting a regular ceiling health check.

We suggest that you work closely with your insurance company or find one that would have a policy that best suits your needs as this is dependent on the type of property and/or if there’s a strata board involved. If you’re looking for an insurance policy, may we recommend Mark Chafe from BJS Insurance, Joondalup. We’ve worked with Mark before and he will work with you to find a policy that best suits.

In conclusion, when it comes to your ceilings it’s always better to err on the side of caution – after all, your ceiling is one of the most important structures in your home! If you have any concerns about your ceiling or cornices, get in touch with the experts at Authentic Additions. We’ll be happy to help.