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Various Categories of Balcony Cracks

Updated: Mar 23

A balcony is a great feature to have in any home, providing a space to enjoy the outdoors while still being in the comfort of your own home. However, over time, balconies can develop cracks that can impact their structural integrity and safety. In this blog post, we'll discuss the different types of cracks that can appear on balconies and what they mean.

· Hairline cracks are the most common type of crack that can appear on a balcony. These are very thin cracks that are usually less than 1/8 inch wide. Hairline cracks are often caused by natural wear and tear over time and are usually not a cause for concern. However, if left unaddressed, they can become larger and more serious over time.

· Structural cracks are more serious than hairline cracks and can impact the safety and stability of your balcony. These types of cracks are usually wider than 1/8 inch and can be caused by a number of factors, including improper construction, poor maintenance, or damage caused by weather or natural disasters. If you notice any structural cracks on your balcony, it's important to have them inspected by a professional and repaired as soon as possible.

· Settlement cracks occur when the soil beneath the balcony shifts or settles over time. These types of cracks can be caused by a number of factors, including changes in temperature, moisture, and soil composition. Settlement cracks are usually diagonal and can be wider at one end than the other. While settlement cracks are not usually a cause for concern, they should be monitored and repaired if they continue to grow.

· Expansion cracks occur when materials expand and contract due to changes in temperature. These types of cracks are usually thin and run parallel to the surface of the balcony. Expansion cracks are usually not a cause for concern, but they should be filled to prevent water from seeping in and causing further damage.


In conclusion, cracks on a balcony can be caused by a number of factors, including natural wear and tear, poor maintenance, and changes in temperature and soil composition. While hairline and expansion cracks are usually not a cause for concern, structural and settlement cracks can impact the safety and stability of your balcony and should be inspected and repaired by a professional. If you notice any cracks on your balcony, it's important to take action to address them and ensure the safety of your home and family. EEEadvisor is an active member of AAGLA and our services include a FREE estimate for visual inspection, FREE consultation, and a FREE proposal from industry leaders in waterproofing and structural repairs. We offer fixed prices with no hidden fees and our experts are always available to answer any questions you may have.


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