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Most common types of construction defects

As regular readers of our legal blog know, we frequently address issues involving property owners, contractors, government entities and others that can result in Florida construction litigation. One of the most common causes of these disputes are, of course, construction defects.

There are four main types of defects that can occur, with responsibility for the defects falling on various participants in projects, ranging from architects to building materials manufacturers to contractors, developers and to property owners.

Deficiencies in design
A construction defect familiar to many is a roof design that allows water to seep into the structure and cause damage. This is the type of defect that can be attributed to a flawed design on the part of architects or engineers. Other examples include poorly designed ductwork or air conditioning systems (which can lead to water intrusion and mold growth), improper balcony or deck design, and structural weaknesses.

Deficiencies in materials
When the design is sound and construction methods are proper - and there is still an evident construction defect - it is possible that building materials were damaged or subpar. In some cases in recent years, some imported construction products have been found to be of inferior quality.

Deficiencies in construction
When construction workers or firms lack expertise or skills, poor workmanship can result in a wide variety of building defects, ranging from plumbing to electrical systems and from cracks in foundations to leaking roofs to improper connections between floors.

Deficiencies in operation or maintenance
After a project has been completed and passed from contractor to property owner, it's important that the structure be properly operated and maintained. Failure to do needed maintenance can result in serious problems with a building's interior and exterior that cannot be laid at the feet of architects or contractors.

Disputes over construction defects can easily spiral out of control without the help of an attorney experienced in Florida construction law.

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