A crack in a wall can rupture and cause serious damage to the property. It is better to take preventive measures rather than regret later. Using cement blocks during construction helps to create solid foundations for walls, thus prevent wall cracks from appearing.
If you are planning on building a house or adding more rooms and partitions, it is best to contact a construction company to have the job done professionally. A builder can advise you on which materials are appropriate for your house and how everything should be done during construction or any other problems that may appear later. They also help give you advice on the most cost-efficient methods of keeping the property safe from further damage caused by weather conditions or human wear and tear.
What Are the Causes of Cracks in Walls During Construction?
The movement of the ground during a strong earthquake can result in cracks in a newly constructed wall. This happens because walls are made up of layers or blocks that have been cemented together, and the pressure exerted by each layer on the one below it causes cracks to appear.
How to Prevent Cracks in Walls During Construction?
Different materials can be used for building a house. These include wood, metal, concrete, bricks, etc. Each has its own pros and cons; one is not necessarily better than the others, but they should be selected according to your purpose and needs. For example, concrete is durable but heavy, while drywall is light and easy to work on. Either of these can be used for constructing walls, depending on your preference.
It is important that you take steps before construction begins to protect the building from potential damages. You can hire a professional for this job or do it yourself; either way.
How to prevent cracks in drywalls during construction?
- When building a drywall, first create layers of studs or joists that will be attached to the ceiling or floor. They should be spaced a few inches apart to have spaces big enough for wires, pipes, and ducts. If your wall is not load-bearing but just an interior partition for rooms, you may skip this part.
- Next, measure the length of the wall. Cut sheets of drywall that will fit into this space and add a few centimeters at both ends to give you some wiggle room.
- Drywall requires several layers for it to be sturdy enough. Attach the first sheet on top of the prepared surface using screws or nails. Then, measure the length of the whole wall and check if the drywall is long enough to fill it up, or use another sheet and fasten one sheet at a time.
- The thickness of each layer should be slightly less than that of the previous so that the joints will not be too obvious. When the second sheet is up, measure the next wall space and cut another sheet of drywall to fit in it. Each layer should be at least 1 cm smaller than the previous one so that there are no visible gaps between sheets when they are put together.
- If you have a small gap at the end of each layer, fill it with putty. Make sure that the drywall is flush against all your partitions and edges.
- It is unnecessary to measure out every wall space because sizes are standard, and if the room changes shape or layout, you can adjust the drywall sheets to fit in it.
- On the other hand, if your wall is load-bearing and needs reinforcing for extra support, you will need thicker layers of drywall with steel studs or joists sandwiched between each sheet. This type of wall will be sturdier, but these thick sheets of drywall are heavier and harder to handle.
- Cut out a piece of drywall that is about 4 inches wider than the distance between two studs or joists, so you will have enough room for attaching the next layer at the edges. Then, cut out the frame and place it over one of the partitions.
- Fasten each layer onto the previous one using screws or nails. Make sure that the new drywall sheet is flush against all your partitions and intersections. Screws should be used on joints that have two pieces of drywall. The number of layers needed depends on the type of wall you are creating and the height, weight, and layout.