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Design versus workmanship defects: what are the differences?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2021 | Construction Defects |

As a contractor facing a dispute with a client over an alleged construction defect, it is important to understand the exact nature of the issue and its effects. These defects may cause a variety of problems, from electrical to structural, and according to Modern Contractor Solutions Magazine, may cause property damage or physical harm to those working or living on the property in question.

There are two major defect types that your client may cite, and understanding the differences between the two may help you gauge your legal options, especially if a lawsuit names you and other multiple subcontractors and designers.

Design flaws

This type of flaw occurs before building construction begins, and although your company may have worked with a designer instead of having any involvement in creating the plans directly, your client may contend that it was your responsibility to spot these flaws during construction. If a design flaw resulted in an injury or property damage, a lawsuit may name your company and the designer of the building as well.

Workmanship flaws

Workmanship flaws are usually more common in construction disputes and involve defects in one or more areas. These issues may arise months after the construction and may include:

  • Drywall installation problems
  • Roofing defects
  • Electrical flaws

If these instances cause fires or structural problems, they may result in serious property damage or even personal injury.

Court cases may name contractors, designers and even subcontractors, depending on the circumstances of the flaws that occurred. Reviewing construction contracts carefully, from the design process to the construction, may help you avoid these legal entanglements.