A look at the types of construction defects

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2020 | Construction Defects |

Flaws in the construction of buildings in New Jersey may create ongoing issues and costly repairs later on. Even more concerning is the potential threat to the people who occupy the building due to the compromised integrity of the structure.

Contractors who fully understand the impact of their work and the need for their attention to detail may more effectively avoid making critical mistakes. A look at the common types of construction defects may prepare construction companies to implement requirements to guarantee their highest quality of work.

Deficiencies in 3 forms

Construction defects receive classification in three forms of deficiencies. According to travelers.com, these deficiencies occur in different phases of a project including its design, its construction and the materials used to build it. Providing below is an example of each:

  • Materials: The use of cheap or poorly made materials to cut costs despite requests for higher quality products in design documents
  • Design: Poorly engineered designs that inadequately account for potential risks to a building’s integrity resulting in structural weakness and vulnerability
  • Construction: Lackluster workmanship that may cause components to look visually unappealing and create unnecessary issues with a building’s function and reliability

Implementing a standard of care

Through the use of well-written construction contracts, contractors may effectively encourage responsibility from their subs. Implementing a standard of care, as suggested by levelset.com, requires that all project participants thoroughly review design documents to ensure their work is up to par with every requirement.

They should also regularly visit the site to better understand local conditions and how those conditions may impact worker efforts. This way, they can prepare their workers for potential challenges and inform them of how to respond to maintain the integrity of their workmanship.

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