A Look at the Leading Causes of Construction Defects Part 1

Typically, construction defects are the result of a deviation from project plans, quality, or materials. Since there are numerous parts to a building’s structure, the root cause of a defect may not always be readily identifiable. In fact, defects can be patent or latent.

Notwithstanding, a large percentage of defects occur during the construction process resulting in cost increases and performance challenges. Our Bradenton contractor lawyers understand that the quicker the issue is discovered and resolved, the less loss and damage parties will experience. Read part two of our article to learn about more common construction defects.

Roof Design and Construction

A roof defect has the potential to cause the greatest number of problems. Roof defects can appear in the roof covering, the structure supporting the roof, and deficiencies in the fixings. If roofs aren’t designed and constructed properly water leakage may occur leading to mold growth. Latent roofing defects are particularly vulnerable because the cause of them are hard to pinpoint. For example, rainwater can travel through different areas of the building before it appears, therefore, more investigative work is required to diagnose the origin of the defect.

Decks or Balconies

It’s critical that the structure of decks or balconies of buildings are safe and inspected before clearing them for use. Improper framing or installation of deck and balcony drains can increase the risk of water intrusion as well as dry rot and mold problems. Common balcony and deck defects with improper flashing, deck to sliding door transfer, and deck finishing. A deck may fail because of an insufficient slope, a lack of vertical offset at the door, or a lack of waterproofing on the sides of the balcony.

Windows and Doors

It’s typically easier to detect roofing defects in windows and doors due to the drywall stains that may be left behind from water intrusion. On the other hand, more latent defects such as poorly lapped flashing membranes, improper installation of jambs, heads, and sills, and missing sheet metal head flashing are just a few defects that may not be obvious right away. Common window and door defects include leaks, damaged weeps, poor integration of cladding materials, and missing window flashings.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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