A pre-drywall inspection of my Pulte home showed that the house’s sloped ceilings have been lowered using lightweight steel framing. The builder did this because the original trusses were built improperly, causing the ceiling to be higher than on the original plan. Therefore, the builder lowered the ceiling by using lightweight steel framing. Areas of this added framing (ceiling and walls) appear to be lightweight enough to potentially cause drywall cracking issues in the future. The ceiling joists along the center wall have very little support and may have problems supporting the weight of the ceiling drywall so that cracking issues may result. (I have photos.) This potential issue would not exist if the original trusses had been built to the proper height.
Does anyone know how this can be fixed or if it can be fixed at all?
Pulte says this house is one of the first ones being built of this model, and going forward they have made permanent changes so that the other houses won’t have drop down ceilings. They offered to extend the warranty on drywall cracks from one year to two. What do you all think?
I want them to take down the lightweight steel framing and apply the drywall to the original wooden ceiling, but they won’t do that since all of the houses must look the same.
Thanks for your comments!