Inspecting a home involves a lot more than looking for glaringly obvious problems. To the untrained eye, a house might appear to be in perfect working order; the same house, when examined by Brisbane building inspectors, could be rife with issues. One very common problem that laypeople are unaware of when it comes to the structural integrity of a house is plasterboard. Plasterboard is very commonly used, and its construction invites many potentially serious issues to the structure of a house. However, if you don’t know what proper plasterboard looks like, you could easily overlook a major problem. Brisbane building inspections, when done by the professionals, can spot these anomalies and help you avoid an investment in disaster.
The Basics Of Plasterboard
Plasterboard is used in a variety of buildings, including homes, shops, offices, factories, schools and many other places. During construction, it is used as a type of internal lining board to help create strong, smooth, uniform looking walls and ceilings. Plasterboard is a preferred material for many home builders because it accepts all sorts of decoration without issue, including paint and wallpaper. Most houses use plasterboard to some degree; unfortunately, this material can also harbour many unpleasant problems. If you’re buying a new home and are unsure of whether or not plasterboard is involved – and whether or not the plasterboard that’s there is of sound quality – you need the experts to take a look.
The Problem With Plasterboard
Cracks are one of the biggest problems that occur with plasterboard. When cracks appear in plasterboard, they typically occur wherever there is a change in direction; ceilings and halls, for example, are prime spots for cracks to arise in plasterboard. Gypsum wallboard is one of the most commonly used varieties of plasterboard, and changes in temperature and/or moisture can cause stress and movement within it. That stress and movement can cause cracks; over time, those cracks can create a major headache for homeowners and can precipitate massive repairs.
Control joints are the preferred method for preventing cracking in plasterboard and gypsum wallboard. When used properly – and spaced apart appropriately, at approximately 9 metres from floor to ceiling – control joints can prevent cracks and plasterboard doesn’t pose a major problem. However, many houses weren’t built properly in the first place; sometimes, do-it-yourselfers fail to use control joints the right way, and plasterboard is compromised. A skilled building inspector can look at the walls and ceilings in any house and determine whether they have been put together properly. In addition to looking for existing cracks, then, an experienced inspector can look for the warning signs of trouble down the road and can help you avoid major headaches and expense later.