You take pride in your work, and that includes completing jobs on time and within budget as often as possible. Your construction company builds homes where people will raise their families, celebrate victories and come together to comfort one another. Homes are among the most expensive investments people can make, and they understandably want the job done right.
When your company faces accusations of construction defects, you certainly want to defend your reputation. Construction defects encompass a wide variety of problems from various stages during the project. If you are dealing with a homeowner’s claims that your company did poor work, you will want to seek legal assistance from someone who is knowledgeable in construction law and defects.
Common problems that may lead to lawsuits
Claims of defective construction can be costly, especially if the issues involve the structural integrity of the building. However, a homeowner may believe that a problem that arises in any area of the home may be the result of a defect on your part. Legally, construction defects fall under four main categories:
All construction projects in Texas must follow specified state codes. Deficiencies in the way the architect or engineer designed the structure may result in problems with the following and other areas:
- Roof alignment
- Water intrusion
- Insufficient structural support
Coming in within budget often depends on the fluctuating cost of materials. However, the use of inferior or inadequate materials in the building of the structure can lead to issues including these:
- Leaking windows
- Failure of flashing
- Cracking drywall
The most common complaint from homeowners may be that the work a construction crew does is of poor quality. Substandard workmanship during construction may be alleged when homeowners experience these problems and more:
- Failing electrical system
- Leaking plumbing
- Mold due to water infiltration
Subsurface conditions involve creating a stable and solid surface on which to construct a building. Failure to properly prepare the subsurface before beginning construction can have catastrophic results including:
- Cracking foundation
- Structural instability
A homeowner’s accusation that your construction company is responsible for the supposed defect can lead to serious damage to the reputation and future success of your company. Your license and livelihood are at risk, not to mention your financial solvency. Facing these issues may seem daunting, but with the right legal counsel, you will have a knowledgeable advocate on your side.