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Failure to supply proper materials leads to costly delays

The construction of any building can only be as strong as its design and materials. If either of these elements is inadequate or unsafe, the building can be compromised. Unfortunately, these shortcomings may not be apparent until after a building has already been completed if developers and the other parties involved fail to properly identify compromised materials or design.

Luckily, problems with commercial building materials in another state were recently identified prior to the project's completion. The discovery will ultimately make the final buildings safer, but in the meantime, it will create some costly delays.

According to reports, several projects in the works were using lumber for the framing of multiple buildings. However, a trade union official evidently discovered that the lumber had not been treated to prevent or slow down flames, even though that's how the supplier had certified it.

Treating lumber to retard flames is an important process that ultimately protects a building and everything around it in the event of a fire. 

In this case, it was discovered that although the lumber was certified, that certification did not come until after the lumber had been sold. The error was uncovered when issues regarding the labeling on the lumber were brought up.

While it is certainly better that the failed compliance with code specifications was discovered before the buildings were finished, the contractors and designers on the projects will need to reassess their plans and figure out how to meet the requirements so they can continue with the projects. Ultimately, this could create considerable delays and expenses.

In similar situations regarding the delivery of substandard materials, there can be several legal issues that arise. Who will be held financially responsible for correcting a mistake? What does the contract say about a failure to deliver? How can a dispute like this be resolved in order to keep a project moving?

Under circumstances when materials are found to be substandard or defective, legal action can be necessary. Legal guidance and representation from an attorney familiar with construction laws in Florida will also be vital.

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