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What are the different types of construction defects?

There are several different types of construction defects and all can be serious for home owners or other types of property owners impacted by them which is why it is helpful to be familiar with what they are. Legal protections can help homeowners and property owners impacted by construction defects.

Common types of construction defects

Construction defects generally fall into several different categories:

  • Subsurface deficiencies;
  • Design deficiencies;
  • Materials deficiencies; and
  • Construction deficiencies

There are several specific types of construction defects including:

  • Problems with expansive soils;
  • Water intrusion problems;
  • Thermal and moisture protection;
  • Problems with structural integrity;
  • Mechanical and electrical problems;
  • Problems with the doors, windows and glass; and
  • Problems with the finishes

Construction defects can impact the value and usability of a structure, home, or other building. An example is water intrusion which can cause ongoing problems with the structure including mold and other problems. Possible damages for construction defects can include compensation to help remedy the defect or damages for the loss in value of the property impacted by the construction defects. Monetary damages may be available.

Legal action may prove beneficial

A variety of different professional can be considered responsible for construction defects including engineers, architects, project managers and contractors, as well as materials suppliers. Because construction litigation can be costly and time-consuming, it is beneficial for both homeowners and other property owners impacted by construction defects, as well as construction professionals facing construction defects litigation, to be familiar with the legal protections available to help address construction defects and construction defects claims.