Dallas Real Estate and Short Sale Blog: The Crown Molding Is Cracked in My Home

The Crown Molding Is Cracked in My Home

Cracks in Crown Moldings

We recently received a phone call from one of our past clients who had purchased a new construction home. They have been in the home for about 10 months and have noticed cracks in the joints of the crown moldings.

They called us concerned that it might be a foundation issue. While cracks in the molding can be a sign of foundation issues, it’s not usually the case in recent construction. It is usually caused by the molding “drying” as the home ages.

All wood contains moisture. While the builder usually allows the molding to acclimate prior to putting it up, the molding will still shrink as it dries. The shrinking of the molding causes the joints to separate and appear to be cracked.

The good news is it’s an easy fix. The open joints can be sealed with caulk and touch-up paint restoring the molding to its original look.

If the home is still covered by the builder’s warranty, the builder may come out and take care of the repair. If not, it can easily be handled by the homeowner or a local handyman.

Click here for a list of handymen in the North Dallas area.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsTom Branch • March 14 2014 07:23AM

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Tom - hopefully this wasn't a huge issue for your buyers. Seems to be a relatively easy fix. Have a great day!

Posted by Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties) over 5 years ago

Maybe it was the same builder who built the football stadium in Allen.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 5 years ago

Great information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,

Randy

Posted by Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert (Movement Mortgage) over 5 years ago

Very common in new construction.

Even your 2x4 studs will continue to dry and warp in the walls and ceiling. That is the reason nails will 'pop' out of sheetrock. Always better to use screws to prevent the nails pops!

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 5 years ago

Yup, It didn't happen in my office in 10 months, but it did happen eventually.  Quick and easy fix though.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

Wow, what will they do when the light bulbs go out??? They should really get familiar with Home Depot or Lowe's.  If you haven't already, send them a 10% off coupon from Lowe's and have lunch to talk about home maintenance.

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) over 5 years ago

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