Construction defects can make home unlivable or diminish the value of a property. Dealing with construction defects can be difficult which is why property owners should be familiar with the different types of defects and the legal protections available to them to help them address construction defects.
Types of construction defects
Construction defects typically fall into several categories including design deficiencies, subsurface deficiencies, materials deficiencies, construction deficiencies. Specific examples of construction defects are:
- Problems with structural integrity such as with concrete, masonry, carpentry or unstable foundations;
- Expansive soils;
- Water intrusion which can lead to mold;
- Problems with thermal and moisture protection;
- Mechanical and electrical defects;
- Problems with doors, windows and glass; or
- Problems with finishes.
Remedies for construction defects
The remedies for construction defects can include damages to help property owners repair the construction defects or for the diminution in value of their property caused by the construction defects. Buildings, homes and other structures should be fit for their intended use. If they are not, and the building or home was not constructed in a reasonably workmanlike manner, a variety of different parties, including the builder, may be liable for the damages suffered by the property owner.
Property owners should be familiar with what are considered construction defects and what they can do about them if they are dealing with the frustration of a construction defect. Construction defects can result in serious water intrusion, mold and other problems and can make a property unlivable. The legal process provides important protections to be familiar with.