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Construction defects can result from a range of issues including improperly designed materials, poor workmanship, and failure to follow construction codes. Any deficiency in a building project can be considered a construction defect, including:

  • Architectural defects
  • Structural failures
  • Lack of proper inspection
  • Defective materials
  • Faulty workmanship

These defects result when a professional has not displayed the reasonably expected standard of care in the performance of his/her duties, and the structure fails to perform in the manner intended by the buyer.

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Material Defects

When there are faults in the materials being used on the property serious issues can result, such as windows that leak or inferior concrete that cracks under pressure. Inferior products can fail to perform and function adequately, even when properly installed.

Common manufacturer problems with building materials can include deteriorating flashing, building paper or waterproofing membranes that are not up to code, and inferior asphalt roofing shingles. Problems may also arise from using inferior drywall that is not approved for use in wet or damp areas, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

The damages caused by faulty materials and construction can extend far beyond the economic arena. Not only can such construction-related problems be very expensive, they can also result in safety and health hazards for people in and around the building.

Faulty wiring can lead to electrocution. Mold, fungus, and exposure to toxic materials can cause serious illness. Medical expenses, long-term health consequences, and negatively-altered quality of life are some of the possible damages caused by defective construction.

Signs of Construction Defects

While a defect can result in any area of the property, common signs that defective materials have been used in the construction process include:

  • Structure/component is not working as intended, i.e. plumbing leaks
  • Violation of the building code
  • Early deterioration, i.e. a steel door intended to last 30 years that starts deteriorating (like showing signs of corrosion) after just five years.

Allen Law Can Help You

Construction defects can result in serious financial complications or difficulties and property damage. Construction defects can also go unnoticed for a long period of time. Delayed discovery of the problem can make construction defect disputes complicated to manage.

The team at Allen Law understands that your home is often the most important and valuable investment you will make. When defects arise due to negligence on the part of contractors, architects, engineers or others involved in the design and construction of a building, appropriate compensation is due.

Construction law attorneys at Allen Law strive to assess all components of the property in order to achieve maximum compensation for our clients in Charleston. Call us today at (843) 882-5005.