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Cracked cornices: Are your builders responsible?

Cracked cornices are a common issue for new builds as the home settles into its foundations. While they may seem unsightly, most cracking is superficial and a natural occurrence as a result of movement and settlement. However, if the cracking is more extensive or caused by a structural issue from building works, your builder may have some responsibility for rectifying the problem.

If you believe that the cracking of your cornice is due to a structural issue, then it is important to document any evidence in order to take the matter up with your builder. This can include taking photos of the cracked areas and having them checked out by a professional licensed, registered building inspector. The earlier that action is taken, the better chance you have of getting your builder to rectify the issue.

The solution for cracked cornices

In a previous blog, we’ve talked about the 2 main contributing factors to why cornice cracking happens:

  1. Perth homes are built on sand and this allows movement to occur
  2. Extreme weather climates with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Due to this, most cracked cornices that occur are hairline cracks that usually run on the wall horizontally or parallel to your cornice. This is completely natural and most homes will experience this. As this is superficial, builders are not liable to fix this even if it happens within the warranty period of your new home build.

Most Gyprockers, cornice fixers and decorators will advise the cracks be scraped back and filler applied to the area, but this is only a temporary solution as the cracking will re-occur each time there is movement.

step by step solution to cracked cornices with Authentic Additions Easy Cornice product

Fortunately we have a permanent solution for you. Our cornice additions are specially designed with a rebated edge that fits on your existing cornice, hiding the cracks while allowing for the natural movement of the wall behind it. With various designs available, we’re sure you’ll find one that will transform your home.

When dealing with cracked cornices, it’s important to understand that this is a common issue in all homes. The key is being able to identify it and take the necessary steps to address this. Our solution provides a permanent fix that will last for years,enhancing the aesthetic look of every room in your home.

Whilst our cornice additions have been designed with the DIY market in mind, we also offer professional installation services and can work with you to find the best cornice addition for your space. With over 40 years of experience in cornices and ceilings, you can depend on us to provide you with quality workmanship and expert advice. If you are fed up with ‘band-aid’ remedies or looking at ugly cornice cracking, ask us about our cornice solutions today!

Contact us for a free consultation and quotation. We’ll be happy to help you get started on turning your house into your dream home.