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What are the most common construction defects?

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2023 | Construction Defense

The construction industry has continued to flourish. With all the new contracts, however, you may find that you have to deal with an increase in construction defect allegations.

As a business owner, the thing you can do is prepare and become familiar with the four main causes of construction defects in the industry.

What is a material defect?

The type of building material you choose to use depends largely on the job and the budget. A material defect claim comes when someone believes you used subpar or inferior material when building the project.

What is a design defect?

You build projects according to the designs of the architects and engineers. What happens when there is a flaw in that design? A design defect allegation involves a fundamental error in the project that diminishes its safety, value and usability.

What is a construction defect?

The way you construct a project may come under fire. If you make a mistake executing the project by either not following the design or faulty workmanship, you may find yourself slapped with a construction defect suit.

What is a subsurface defect?

The foundation of any structure needs stability and security. In some cases, the proper studies did not occur or showed faulty data. A subsurface defect means that the ground is not solid or there is a shift that creates an unsafe building.

Surviving a construction defect allegation and suit is possible. Keeping meticulous records of your directives to subcontractors and communications with designers and engineers may help safeguard you against any lawsuit.