Building or buying a new home can be a stressful experience. Between negotiating the price, dealing with banks and realtors and moving to a new house, homeowners must also deal with the unknown construction defects hidden in their new homes.
Homeowners may encounter a few different types of construction defects after they move into a new place. Understanding these defects may help homeowners locate and repair defects before they become worse. Additionally, knowing how or why these defects occur can help homeowners secure legal restitution from liable parties.
Types of construction defects
Construction defects occur in design and construction as a result of faulty materials or unreasonable decisions. Defects fall into four major categories:
- Design: Defects in design result from poor planning and improper execution. Often, structures built with design defects are out of compliance with building codes. A leaking roof may result from design defects. Liable parties may include the construction company, roof designer or another party.
- Material: Material defects stem from poorly manufactured materials. Leaky windows or shoddy drywall may be indicative of material defects. Construction jobs require many different materials from hundreds of sources, so the margin for error can be high.
- Construction: These defects result from workers who cut corners or fail to complete projects. Neglecting to install insulation may result in mold, while improper wiring may cause a fire.
- Subsurface: Sometimes, the ground itself has difficulty maintaining the weight of an entire house. The builders are responsible for taking shifting soils into account and should reinforce the foundation or alter the design to compensate.
It may be challenging to determine the liable party in many of these cases since building a house requires the involvement of many different individuals and organizations.
Secure legal help with a claim
Construction defects may go unnoticed for years, growing worse over time. Repairs can be extremely costly as a result. The number of different parties involved in construction projects makes pinpointing liability notoriously difficult. Many homeowners have found success with the services of a local lawyer familiar with construction law to draft a viable claim.