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Construction Defects

An introduction to construction defect litigation

Construction defect law focuses on deficiencies in the construction of a home that result in a decrease in value, threats to safety and violations to building codes. From poor site-planning to defective building materials, construction defects interfere with your rights as a homebuyer and can lead to an even greater financial investment. The last thing you want to deal with when you move in is a dangerous defect, but there are things you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

Residential Construction Defects

There are four main categories of construction defects: design deficiencies, material deficiencies, construction deficiencies and subsurface problems. In the case of defects with the design of the home, the very idea of the project is flawed—roof system designs that are prone to leaks or poor drainage are common examples. If the quality or amount of building materials used results in malfunction, as is sometimes the case with shingles and windows, there is a material deficiency; poor quality workmanship leading to leaks, backups, infestations or electrical problems indicates a construction deficiency.

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