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What are construction defects?

If you are the property owner of a building that is damaged due in part or entirely because of a construction defect, then you might be able to seek compensation for those damages from the construction company involved. This is true whether a contractor was in charge of building your entire structure or simply repairing or renovating a piece of it, although the defect would have to relate to the work in question.

Before you can file a construction defect claim, you have to know what usually makes up such a claim. Technically, any deficiency in workmanship, materials, supervision, planning, building or inspection that leads to damages is a possible construction defect. Some defects are more common than others. Structural integrity, for example, is a common area where defects are found. If foundations are not laid appropriately or are laid on the wrong landscape or soil, then the entire building can be put at risk.

Another common type of construction defect relates to electrical issues. If electrical components are not properly wired or installed, they can cause damage or short out. The same is true if the wrong materials are used or if contractors use such cheap materials to save money that quality is affected.

Other areas where construction defects might be found include protection against moisture or temperature damage, faulty installation of doors or windows and faulty finishes. If construction defects lead to leaks, which can cause moisture damage, this might also be a basis for a construction defect claim.

By working with an experienced construction law professional, you can understand if you have a claim and how to begin to file it. Don't wait to seek assistance, though, as construction defects are governed by a statute of limitations that puts a timeline on when you can file.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Construction Defects," accessed June 10, 2016

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