Every construction defect is different in terms of the exact details, but all construction defects are the same in that they can impact the value and usability of your property. It is a good idea to understand the different types of construction defects and the legal options available to help you remedy them when you end up stuck with one on your property.
There are several major categories of construction defects and types of defects that fall within each category.
The first major category of construction defects is design defects. Design defects occur in the design process of a construction project. For instance, design defects can occur when architects or engineers fail to produce an accurate set of construction documents.
Methods of construction and products are supposed to be tied to the specifications in the construction plan. When unexpected conditions of the construction site arise, such as foundation problems that result from poor soil conditions, the builders must account for these issues. They can lead to potential defects if they are not properly addressed.
Materials defects arise in the manufacturing process. If a product is defective from the manufacturer but installed anyway, it can lead to a construction defect down the road. For instance, a poorly manufactured window can leak, leading to water damage. Additionally, a materials defect can occur if a bent window frame is installed and later leads to water intrusion.
Another type of construction defect is workmanship defects. This can occur when inadequate craftmanship, skillfulness, expertise, technique or artistry are used in a construction project and it leads to defects. Different types of damages may be available depending on the type of defect, the type of fix needed and the nature of the damages suffered which is why it is essential to be familiar with the legal resources protecting property owners faced with a construction defect on their property.