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Part II: QA inspectors say these are the most common construction defects

Regular readers of our Florida legal blog will undoubtedly recall that we recently published a post about what QA inspectors say are the most common flaws in newly erected buildings. QA (quality assurance) inspectors check on the quality and progress of construction work.

QA inspectors who work across Florida and the rest of the nation identified the construction defects they see most often, including the most common one of all: defective foundations and vapor retarders.

Please see our previous post for more on common problems with foundations and vapor barriers, as well as issues with defective framing and missing or damaged fire blocking.

Other all-too-common defects found in the construction industry include the following:

  • Improperly lofted insulation: QA inspectors said they “found insulation installation anomalies at 90+% of the units inspected” last year. Of course, legal claims can be expected to follow in residences and other buildings where insulation does not comply with increasingly stringent codes.
  • Window installations: this common problem is observed even in projects done by contractors and subcontractors known for quality work. That’s because windows can be easily damaged in storage or transportation, as well as when they are fastened or when flashing is installed. In too many cases, sealant is improperly applied to windows or incompatible flashing materials are used. When windows are damaged or improperly installed, a variety of water and moisture intrusion problems can ensue.

We will have more on which construction defects QA inspectors are reporting most often in an upcoming post.

If your condo owners association encounters construction defects, contact a Florida law firm known for effective construction litigation that can protect both your investments and rights.

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