Misconceptions About the Common Crack

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW) is bringing you an insightful article on misconceptions about the common crack. This article was written by Walt Keaveny, Principal Engineer and Risk Manager for 2-10 HBW. Walt is licensed as both a professional engineer and geoscientist, and has over 30 years of engineering experience.

Are you concerned about cracks in your house or building? Cracks can be unsightly, but are they an indication of serious structural distress or possibly an unsafe condition?  Cracks appear in brittle  materials such as concrete, sheet rock, tile, wood, stone, brick and stucco. Structural distress does cause cracks, but the vast majority of cracks are not structural in nature.