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Part III: QA Inspectors Say These Are The Most Common Construction Defects

Regular readers of our Florida legal blog know that we have in recent weeks written a couple of posts about what QA inspectors report as the most common mistakes made in the construction industry. QA (quality assurance) inspectors check on both quality and progress in construction projects.

QA inspectors working in Florida and elsewhere say the most common construction defect of all is in flawed foundations and improperly installed vapor retarders. They also report that defective exterior wall weatherization is a major problem.

Construction companies are increasingly using a product called QuickFlash flashing panels that are said to reduce time and labor costs for contractors while eliminating water intrusion. Unfortunately, QA inspectors say that improper installation of the product is resulting in an increase in water penetrations rather than the intended effect.

Plus, when construction firms use the wrong QuickFlash flashing product, the warranties are voided and the risk of water intrusion rises because of improper seals.

A common issue here in Florida with improper installation is that repairs can involve removing the stucco, then properly installing the QuickFlash product, which is followed by patching the stucco. Not a cheap, quick or easy fix.

There can also be problems when builders use traditional exterior wall weatherization methods, of course. Though this method of using asphalt-impregnated building paper is less and less popular, it is regardless not uncommon to see builders taking the traditional approach.

Rips, holes and tears in traditional materials can lead to the same kinds of water intrusion defects that plague buildings constructed with improperly installed QuickFlash products.

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

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