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Repairing Plaster in Old Houses


Plaster happens to be a very durable material and it plays an important part in the construction process. When the plaster is mixed and applied correctly, it can continue working for decades without any problems, however, with time, it can develop some problems. If you happen to live in an older house, then the plaster there might need attention. In that case, you will have to repair plastered walls that are in your home. For the sake of both clarification and elaboration on the subject matter, you can keep on reading below:

  • A lot of people do not know this but our house does settle over the years, and as it is “settling” it will cause the entire framework of the house to shift slightly. This means the walls, the doors, and windows shift as well, and this ends up stretching the plaster and causing it to bubble, crack, and tear away.
  • Weather changes and changes in the soil due to the weather causes contraction and expansion and the pressure created here leads to cracks developing along with your plaster, both on the interior and the exterior.
  • If there is a water leak in your home or if you live in an area with high levels of humidity, your plaster will begin to display the effects of water damage and will start bubbling and moving away from the surface. This can create room for mold to grow and can lead to a lot of expensive repair work if you do not act fast enough.
  • If you have recently gotten your windows changed and have opted for vinyl and other lighter plastic windows, then they will not be able to properly uphold the plaster that surrounds it. This can in turn end up causing the surrounding plaster to stretch and crack, creating an unseemly look.
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