The four types of construction defects

Poor construction of homes and commercial buildings in Kansas could end up causing significant problems for owners and property management companies. Some of the most expensive and most common construction defects involve water intrusion, issues with structural integrity and both mechanical and electrical problems. These types of defects typically fall into one of four categories: construction deficiencies, material deficiencies, design deficiencies and subsurface deficiencies.

Construction deficiencies are comprised of most issues resulting from poor quality work. Pipes that leak, foundations that crack and areas that allow pests or water to get in are examples of resulting issues. Another type of defect is material deficiency. The use of low-quality building materials might cause problems even when installation is done correctly. Leaky windows or windows that do not work properly are a common example of a defect resulting from using poor materials.

Design deficiencies could occur when the people responsible for plans do not do the job according to specifications. This might result in structures that do not follow the building code. A common area that has design deficiencies is the roof. A roof with a design defect might leak, have inadequate drainage or shows signs of poor structural support. The final type of construction deficiency is a subsurface deficiency. Some structures feature insufficient drainage, incorrect compacting of subsurface materials or are built on places like hills that could result in flooding, landslides and other issues.

Construction defects could occur during any stage of development, from design to completion. Professionals failing to plan or execute construction properly, whether intentionally or through negligence, might result in the creation of structures that do not live up to reasonable performance standards. An attorney might assist owners to recover costs and hold the correct parties responsible.

Source: Findlaw, “Types of Construction Defects“, December 15, 2014

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