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Common Examples of Construction Defects
New construction, both in homes and commercial buildings, has continued to rise the past few years. With more construction, there’s a chance for more error, especially since the demand for construction jobs exceeds the number of skilled workers currently in the industry. As a potential homebuyer, building owner, or association, you should familiarize yourself with the most common construction defects.
What is a construction defect? A construction defect is a deficiency in the design or construction of a building or structure. The cause of the condition can be the result of faulty design, materials, and/or workmanship.
Some common examples of construction defects can include:
- Stained drywall at window sills and ceilings
- Fractures or cracks along private streets, common area slabs or pavers
- Frequent and excessive cracks at drywall (interior) or stucco (exterior)
- Leaks or staining at or around common area planters
- Staining or discoloration below decks and at entry landings
- Excessive cracking at tile flooring, garage slabs or patio areas
- Unevenness in floor slabs caused by abnormal soil movement
- Leaky roofs, windows, or doors
- Moisture problems due to improper drainage and/or waterproofing
- Faulty or corroded plumbing
- Doors and windows that bind and are difficult to open and close.
- Staining or dampness at underground parking garage
- Cracking or step cracking at perimeter block wall
- Cabinets or counter tops that are separated from walls or ceilings
- Mechanical and/or electrical issues
- Issues with finishes
The above list is just a sample of the construction defects that could happen in a residence or building.
The court categorizes a construction defect in one of four categories: design deficiencies (building outside of the code), material deficiencies (using improper building materials), construction deficiencies (poor workmanship), or subsurface deficiencies (expansive soil, which can occur often in California).
If you notice a construction defect in your home or building, don’t hesitate. You may be able to pursue and claim damages. To learn more about this topic, click our construction defect litigation page.
If you’re a homeowner, association or builder seeking representation in construction defect litigation, our team at Naumann Law Firm in San Diego can help. We have more than 35 years of experience, handling significant construction cases with complex issues. To contact us, call 844-492-7474 or visit our San Diego construction defect contact page.