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5 common construction defects

Construction defects can be a huge point of contention between homeowners and construction companies. They're costly, they're frustrating and there's no guarantee that both sides are going to agree on who is responsible.

With that in mind, watch out for these five common issues. Understanding what problems to look for can help during an inspection, and it also shows homeowners the quality of workmanship they should expect.

  1. Windows that have been poorly installed. This can lead to drafts and leaks. These leaks in particular are problematic because water damage can spread quickly within a home.
  2. Poorly constructed roofs. That roof is the home's main protection from the elements. As with windows, even a small leak can cause an incredible amount of damage.
  3. Unsafe balconies and decks. That outdoor living space may look beautiful, but improper construction can lead directly to very dangerous conditions for the family.
  4. Defective concrete foundations. With a new build, any crack in the slab is a potentially serious issue. This type of damage can extend up the home as the house settles unevenly, damaging the walls, the windows, the doors, the roof and much more.
  5. Structural design defects. With the emphasis on open floor plans in modern homes, there are not nearly as many load bearing walls on the first floor as there used to be. It's important to make sure that the home is still structurally sound with the use of overhead beams, pillars and other such design features.

Those who notice construction defects on a new build are naturally going to be frustrated. Though it can take time to get everything sorted out, it's very important for these individuals to know all of their legal options with such a big investment on the line.

Source: Builder and Developer, "Builders Beware: The 7 Deadly Sins of Construction Defects," Don Neff, accessed Feb. 28, 2018

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