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The top four construction defects you should know about

A house is more than just a structure. For many people, a home is a place to unwind, have fun with family, and make memories. But let’s say that your house is faced with a construction defect– a scenario that is all too familiar to many homeowners.

Construction defects can be time-consuming, expensive headaches. What’s more, many deficiencies are not immediately noticeable after moving into a home, making them more challenging to address. It is important if you have a construction defect that you address it immediately. Learning about the four main types of construction defects can make them easier to confront if they happen to you.

What are construction defects?

A construction defect is generally a deficiency in the design, planning or construction of a home or building. If the house was constructed in a way that fails to perform in the manner intended by the buyer, or if the home was not built in a workmanlike manner, the result could be a severe construction defect.

Types of construction deficiencies

There are four main categories of construction defects: Design deficiencies, material deficiencies, construction deficiencies and subsurface deficiencies.

Design deficiencies

A design deficiency is when a home is designed, engineered or built in a way that results in a defect. A typical design deficiency is building a house outside of code regulations. Other examples include:

  • Water penetration
  • Insufficient drainage
  • Poor structural support

Material deficiencies

If a home is built with substandard materials, the result can be material deficiencies. A few material deficiencies are:

  • Leaks
  • Damaged windows
  • Shoddy roofing
  • Inferior drywall

Construction deficiencies

Construction deficiencies are the result of shoddy workmanship, possibly from a construction worker or contractor. These can include:

  • Cracks in drywall or foundation
  • Rotting wood
  • Mechanical and electrical problems
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Pest infestations

Subsurface deficiencies

If subsurface conditions–that is, the conditions of the land on which a house is built–are not adequate, they can result in many deficiencies, like:

  • Cracked foundation
  • Inadequate drainage
  • Shifting floors
  • Flooding
  • Landslides


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