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  • Did you know that you can use white soap to fill in nail holes in drywall?
  • When your home’s wooden framing members respond to change in humidity, nail pops will occur.
  • Special care should be given to prevent excessive amounts of moisture from coming in contact with drywall. Excessive moisture can cause drywall joints to separate.
  • Due to natural contraction and expansion, the paint and/or caulk may shrink. Remove any old caulk and re-caulk the area. Ask a professional what type of caulk best suits the area.
  • Fading is normal and subject to the orientation of painted surfaces to the climactic conditions which may prevail in the area. Fading is not a deficiency.
  • Shrinkage of wood trim occurs during the first two years or longer, depending on temperature and humidity. Wood shrinkage can result in separation at joints of trim pieces. You can usually correct this with caulking and touch-up painting. The trim may also pull away from the wall a little. If this occurs, drive in another nail close to, but not exactly in, the existing nail hole. Fill the nail holes with putty and touch up with paint as needed.
  • Exterior wood trim will develop minor cracks and raised grain. Much of this will occur during the 1st year. Raised grain permits moisture to get under the paint and can result in peeling. This is not a defect in materials or workmanship. Paint maintenance of wood is your responsibility.
  • Changes in temperature and humidity cause all building materials to expand and contract. Dissimilar materials expand or contract at different rates. This movement results in separation between materials, particularly dissimilar ones. You will see the effects in small cracks in drywall and in paint, especially where moldings meet drywall, at mitered corners and where tile grout meets tub or sink. While this can alarm an uniformed homeowner, it is normal.
  • Shrinkage of the wood members of your home is inevitable and occurs in every new home. Although this is most notable during the first year, it may continue beyond that time. In most cases caulk and paint are all that you need to conceal this minor evidence of a natural phenomenon. Even though properly installed, caulking shrinks and cracks. Maintenance of caulking is your responsibility.

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