Whether you are a contractor or the owner of a new building, construction defects can quickly turn a new project into a legal nightmare. Serious defects may make new properties uninhabitable and even lead to costly and time-consuming litigation.

In this post, we’ll review some of the most common construction defects. This information may help project owners and contractors spot a possible defect before it becomes a big problem. It can be especially helpful for contractors who must keep an eye on the work that their employees and subcontractors perform.

Construction defects that affect the building’s structural integrity are particularly problematic. Examples include defective carpentry, masonry and foundation deficiencies. Worsening an already bad situation, these types of deficiencies could result in water intrusion, which can lead to toxic mold and other problems.

Another type of defect that can affect a structure’s foundation involves subsurface deficiencies. Construction projects in Florida may be particularly prone to subsurface deficiencies. Contractors and property owners should make sure they understand difficult soil conditions and take steps to prepare the grounds for construction.

Other construction defects with the potential to derail a project’s successful completion include electrical deficiencies, poor workmanship and ineffective moisture and thermal protection. Improperly-installed doors and windows are also examples of construction defects.

Both property owners and contractors can benefit from legal assistance when construction defects do arise. For contractors who know that they performed their work correctly, an experienced construction law attorney may help them avoid litigation. They can also help property or building owners get to the bottom of how the defects occurred.