Common Forms Of Construction Defects In California
February 21, 2018Posted on: February 21, 2018
What Are the Most Common Defects?
There are four main categories that all construction defects can fall under for a given project. These are design defects, engineering defects, construction defects and the use of defective materials in the construction of the project. Design defects can include defects in the architectural plans or details, such as a design that fails to comply with local building and safety codes. Engineering defects can include errors in engineering calculations for structural, mechanical, civil and geotechnical components for the project. Construction defects typically result from the contractor failing to perform the construction in conformance with the plans, building and safety codes and good construction practices. Defects in the construction materials used in the project stem from a materials supplier providing materials such as wood, stone, roofing, windows, plaster, stucco, drywall, plumbing and electrical fixtures which, even if installed correctly by the contractor, still fail to perform in accordance with the owners’ expectations.
What About in California?
If you’re interested in building or improving a residential or non-residential property in California, you should be aware of the various construction defects that could occur. Design and material defects could occur in a building in any state, so it’s important to perform due diligence, including hiring a contractor that is qualified and licensed to perform the work in question, bonded and insured, and which utilizes written contracts which conform with contractors’ state licensing board requirements.