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Glpdfw.com 5.3 Foundation Performance Foundation performance considers the capability of the building to serve its intended purpose. Elements of concern are safety, function, durability, and habitability. Inadequate foundation performance may result from inadequate strength or insufficient stiffness, and is shown in many ways. Visible indications may include: 1. Cracking or separating of exterior walls 2. Rotating, buckling, or deflecting masonry veneer panels 3. Crackingofconcretefoundationelements 4. Cracking of gypsum board walls and ceilings 5. Separating of walls from ceilings or floors 6. Separatingofraftersfromaridgeboard 7. Racking of door and window frames 8. Separating or racking of other structural framing 9. Cracking, buckling, or separating of floor coverings 10.Separating of initially tight joints 11.Deflecting or tilting of structural elements 12.Deteriorating materials Observation of some of the listed conditions does not necessarily imply inadequate structural performance or insufficient stiffness. The importance of any of these indications may depend upon the age of the structure and any previous repairs.