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    Default Vertical crack above garage up to window

    I have a house that is less than 3 years old and there is a vertical crack running from garage door up to window above garage. Is this usually a structural issue?

    My real estate agent put me with a private builder and he gave us a one year warranty but nothing about a structural warranty. I am in Kentucky if that matters.

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    Default Re: Vertical crack above garage up to window

    You need to tell us if your house is built from sticks, straw or bricks.

    Take a few pics, reduce them to 640 x 480 pixels or similar and post them here.
    If it is bricks, is it brick veneer? What is the structure behind the brick? Is the garage on a slab? Is there a steel lintel above the garage door, holding the bricks up?

    A one year warranty on a new house is a sick joke, BTW. Homeowners in your county should stop buying new houses until builders start backing up their products.
    The standard warranty here is 1 year for parts and labor, 5 years for building envelope and 10 years for the structure.

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    Default Re: Vertical crack above garage up to window

    Probably a bad header over the garage door. Close the door, look at the header. Is it cracked, bowed are warped? Is it wood lumber or an engineered LVL, 1 car or 2 car?

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    Default Re: Vertical crack above garage up to window

    Need more info - is the crack inside or outside? Is is a straight vertical crack on drywall, stair step on brick? Is the crack apparent on both sides of the wall. If it's a new home then I wouldn't necessarily be getting too concern just yet.

    Eric Barker, ACI
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    Default Re: Vertical crack above garage up to window

    Quote Originally Posted by R Sheeler View Post
    I have a house that is less than 3 years old and there is a vertical crack running from garage door up to window above garage. Is this usually a structural issue?

    My real estate agent put me with a private builder and he gave us a one year warranty but nothing about a structural warranty. I am in Kentucky if that matters.
    Humm, the house is in KY! KY is also home to some major cave and underground river systems..... It could even be a sinkhole under the house..

    You need to hire a very good home inspector, get a new real estate agent and follow the advise of the inspector and not the agent when it comes to the condition of the home!

    Scott Patterson, ACI
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    Default Re: Vertical crack above garage up to window

    It is brick. The crack is mostly straight up the outside of the garage. This is a two car garage.


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