Common Construction Defects
In an ideal world, a construction project would go as planned and everyone would be happy. While most buildings are erected successfully, sometimes they’re not. A construction defect can happen at any time during the process. When this happens, the contractor may be blamed.
Whether or not the contractor is actually at fault, allegations of defects can be damaging to a construction company and need to be dealt with quickly. Here’s a look at some of the most common construction defects and how you can mitigate them.
Defects can occur even before a contractor breaks ground on a project. They may happen during the design stages. For example, architects or engineers may introduce defects in the design of a building or system. Some examples include flawed roof designs that result in water penetration or inadequate structural support.
Contractors may be given defective building materials to work with, making defects likely to occur. Sometimes products do not last as long as intended. It’s also possible for doors and other materials to get damaged during delivery. This can lead to improper installation and result in problems such as water intrusion.
Sometimes the owner or resident of a building may engage in poor maintenance or improper operation, causing the building to experience defects. For example, poor use of an HVAC system can cause pipes to freeze. Not sealing up gaps and cracks can cause water to enter a home and cause flooding.
In some cases, the general contractor is to blame. Sometimes contractors are not licensed or not knowledgeable about certain aspects of building a home or structure. Or they may be in a hurry and make major mistakes. In any case, poor quality workmanship can result in numerous damages. For example, improper plumbing work can cause leaks. There may also be damage to electrical wires, causing lights to malfunction.
If you are accused of construction defects, you need to act quickly to defend yourself and your reputation. Take notes of the steps you have taken throughout the process. Have you completed all tasks thoroughly? Are all employees properly trained on proper construction procedures? Did you use the right materials?
Make sure you are aware of construction laws and code requirements in Florida and other areas where you work. Your insurance company and legal advisors can help mitigate the situation and determine liability.
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Defects can happen at any stage of the construction process. Sometimes the contractor is to blame, so be sure to document every step you take and prepare to defend yourself from any claims.
Who is liable for the defect? The Florida defective construction claim lawyers at Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. can assess your situation. If you are facing a lawsuit, contact us today. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling 561-626-8880.