Gypsum Joint Ridging And Cracking

Research Report No.: 1607-03
Issue Date: October 31, 2016
Update Date: October 31, 2016

Drywall cracking and ridging are typical problems seen in ceilings and walls of homes. Sometimes, both of these issues appear at the same location, with cracking appearing in wetter months and ridging in drier months. This problem has become more widespread as homeowners insist on larger rooms and open floor plans that have large clear span areas. This Research Report evaluates local environment changes that play a significant role in every gypsum ridging and cracking case.

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This presentation gives an overview of the environmental and design factors that contribute to gypsum ridging and cracking in ceilings and walls of homes. 

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