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A look at the Florida construction industry's "seven deadly sins"

Construction has been booming in Florida during recent years. However, along with that growth often comes a decline in quality. Labor shortages and increased demand for materials can jeopardize the integrity of the work.

A recent news article in Builder Online explores some of these struggles, particularly three common causes of construction defects: deviations from architectural plans, deviations from approved materials and deviations from standard quality practices.

According to the article, there are "seven deadly sins" in the construction industry. These can be avoided by applying building science principles and a determination to fix problems before projects are completed.

At the top of this list: "improperly constructed structural components." These fundamental flaws happen when construction firms take shortcuts. The article cites an all-too-common example: connection hardware is replaced with untested products that haven't been certified. The result can be construction defects in which the structural integrity of load-bearing walls has been compromised.

Another deadly sin on the list: "improperly designed and constructed building envelopes." While that phrase might not be immediately clear to some, the results of the problem are obvious to all: water leaks that result in mold, drywall damage and interior structural damage.

These flaws are often caused by builders who don't understand "the physics of moisture movement through roofing and wall assemblies." They wind up creating water blisters on roofs that lead to damage to the roof substrates and walls beneath.

The other deadly sins include:

  • Defective installation of windows and doors
  • Subpar exterior siding
  • Poorly installed mechanical, electrical, plumbing and insulation
  • Foundation problems
  • Balconies that are poorly designed or constructed

Condo owner and homeowner associations facing any of these problems should contact an experienced construction defect lawyer for guidance on how to proceed.

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