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What are some of the most common construction defects?

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2021 | Construction Law

Construction defects are anomalies that occur during the building process, affecting the quality and safety of the final product. Defects in construction may be costly not only in terms of money but in reputational damage to your company.

Detecting defects may be a challenge because they have many different causes. Here are some of the common defects that building inspectors most often observe and report:

Weatherization of exterior walls

The issue here is specifically with a certain type of flashing panel called QuickFlash. If you have been using this material for exterior wall penetrations more often, you are not alone. Its use is becoming more widespread, leading to more installations that turn out to be defective. Failing to terminate the bottom over the weather-resistive barriers or bibb the bottom of the flashing are causes of defects.

Installation of windows

Flashing issues affect window installation as well, but there are also potential problems with windows becoming broken or damaged during storage or transportation. There is also a wide range of fastening issues that can arise. Issues such as these affect the ability of you and your staff to install the window properly, even if you are usually consistent in this regard.

Lack of six-sided contact with insulation

Improper lofting of insulation is a common construction defect. With increases in energy requirements and advances in technology used to identify energy loss, you are likely to see more claims of defects involving insulation.

The consequences of construction defects can be significant to you and your company – and could even result in legal trouble. Identifying the possible causes of such defects may help you to avoid them.