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Ceiling Repair

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Cracks in the ceiling can often be a distraction in a room. However, you can prevent ceiling cracks by doing some repairs every so often and keeping the ceiling in good condition. Cracks can appear in drywall and plaster for several reasons: the normal settling of the house, faulty construction, roof truss uplift, or water leaks. Repairing a wall is much easier than repairing a ceiling. Ceilings can often have different textures and as they are overhead, can be awkward to work on and may require a certain technique to repair. Cracks can occur anywhere in the ceiling, particularly near load-bearing walls, in the center, or at the corners. The trick is knowing what to do first, what tools to use, and recognizing when it is time to call a professional.

Buy the Right Tools for Ceiling Repair

If the crack in your ceiling is a thin hairline crack that has been there for a while, a little bit of silicon sealant caulk can be used for caulking cracks and should help with the repair. This should be applied thickly to create a watertight seal. Even with multiple thick cracks, using the right tools and materials can be crucial to achieving the best results. Tools, such as a six-inch taping knife works well for removing loose ceiling textures and peeling paper. A small tub of drywall mud is great for filling cracks. Mesh or paper drywall tape can be used to reinforce the compound, while drywall sanding can smoothen the surface after the mixer dries.

The trick is knowing what to do first, what tools to use, and recognizing when it is time to call a professional.

Do Not Proceed Without a Strategy

Depending on the type of texture and the extent of the crack, a ceiling repair might involve removing some of the texture from the ceiling’s surface. For this reason, you should consider if painting or re-texturing will be necessary to give the ceiling a better look when you finish repairing it. Whichever method you use, make sure that the repair patch matches the color of the rest of the ceiling.

Identify the Cause of the Crack

Identifying the cause of the crack is vital. When you do this, it helps to ensure that the cause can be remedied and avoided in future. Some common causes of cracks might be due to water damage in the ceiling, or applying joint compound too thickly, which can cause a delicate spider web of hairline cracks to appear as it dries. Before doing the ceiling repair, always ensure that the cause of the crack is corrected to avoid reoccurring.

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Consider Popcorn Ceiling Removal 

Popcorn ceilings get their name from their rough surface texture which looks as if it is covered in popcorn. Popcorn ceilings are not very popular and can reduce the market value of a home. Popcorn ceilings are usually found in older houses. It is advised that you try to remove this texture on your ceiling to avoid excessive dust particles and other consequences that come from not maintaining a house. It is not recommended to repair popcorn ceilings, but rather to remove the texture completely.

Do Not Forget to Stay Safe

You should always wear a mask, as some sanding drywall compounds can create billows of dust. When working overhead, use only a sturdy step ladder and avoid wobbly chairs or stools.

Add a Finishing Touch

After completing a ceiling repair, it is vital to make sure that it looks neat. Mismatching colors or textures of the repair in comparison to those of the ceiling will end up looking worse than the crack itself. There are ceiling patch products available in the form of sprays and semi-liquids which can easily be applied with a sponge. Try to find one that matches the ceiling texture. Painting the ceiling is also an option, but you ought to make sure that the colors will match.

Don’t Skip Other Ceiling Updates 

Home renovation projects can be expensive but it is important to stay on top of home maintenance. Once the ceiling has been patched and the repair is complete, you might replace an old light fixture with a new one while you’re at it. You could give the entire ceiling a fresh coat of paint, replace an old vent or at least clean it. This will give the whole room a fresh new look.

Consider the Cost of Repairing

It’s important to have a good budget for repairing the ceiling, including enough to cover the cost of materials and tools. Some factors that might affect the cost include the ceiling condition, the size of the crack or room, and the surface texture.

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Take Note 

In case the crack worsens, or you are not sure which tools to use, it is advisable to call a professional for services and consultation.