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What are construction defects?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2021 | Construction Defects |

Whether a contractor is building a single-story home or a massive skyscraper, the client expects the contractor to do the job right. An inspection of the complete project may reveal defects, including very dangerous ones. Defects in completed New Jersey buildings, bridges and other structures might not be immediately evident, and there could be more than one type of defect found.

Variations of construction defects

Properly designing a construction project factors into how well-built the building becomes. Rushed or poorly conceived plans might lead to disastrous finished work. Imagine a cliffside home with severe design defects. Is the home in danger of sliding or sinking? The homeowner might not realize the answer until after a catastrophe.

Material defects commonly suffer from damaged, insufficient or inappropriate materials. Was a roof built on top of wooden rafters with cracks and other imperfections? The roof could collapse if the rafters and connecting wooden frames can’t support it.

Poor workmanship could ruin even a project with excellent design and the best materials. Workers who perform a poor, unprofessional job may erect a home with dangerous defects. For example, improperly installing electrical wires in the home could lead to an avoidable fire.

Sometimes, more than one defect may be present. Time could pass before the problem blatantly reveals itself, leaving a surprised property owner tasked with performing repairs.

Addressing legal matters related to construction defects

Repairing defective construction jobs could cost the owner a significant amount of money. Construction defects might lead to other expenses, such as costs from the loss of use or business operations.

A contractor may face a lawsuit after a property manager or owner uncovers defects. A lawsuit might result in the negligent party paying for repairs and other damages sought. Perhaps a settlement or another negotiated agreement could bring things to a quicker, more amicable close.