Construction defects are not always the contractor’s fault

When flaws emerge in a newly constructed building, the immediate assumption often points fingers at the contractor. However, the reality is far more complex.

Construction defects can stem from various sources, and it is important to recognize that fault does not always lie solely with the contractor.

Design errors can set the stage

Before the placement of the first brick or beam, the blueprint serves as the foundation of any construction project. Design errors within these plans can manifest into significant issues during the building process. Whether due to miscalculations in structural integrity or oversights in material specifications, these errors can lead to defects down the line.

Substandard materials compromise quality

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and the same principle applies to construction projects. Even with meticulous planning and skilled labor, the use of substandard materials can undermine the entire endeavor. Inferior quality materials are prone to premature wear and tear. This results in eventual defects through no fault of the contractor.

Environmental factors play a role

Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds or freezing temperatures can impede progress and compromise the integrity of the structure. These environmental factors can contribute to defects, despite the best efforts of the construction team.

Reports indicate that construction spending increased by 11.3% year-over-year as of November 2023, due partially to a rise in construction defect claims. In a construction landscape in which defect claims are trending, it is more important than ever for all involved to know how to determine who is at fault.

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