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What are common types of construction defects?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2022 | Construction Law News

Construction projects in Colorado can involve many different phases, and often require the use of different subcontractors to complete the project.

It is important that everyone who works on the project does their job correctly to ensure the project is done right. There are always some variables that are out of the control of the people working on the project, but workers need to control what they can control.

While for the most part construction projects are done correctly, sometimes people make mistakes. These mistakes can result in construction defects, which can result in construction defect claims.

Four main types of construction defects

There are four main types of construction defects:

  • Design defects: These are defects that exist due to the design of the building and not due to the work done on the project.
  • Material defects: These defects are found in how the materials were manufactured and again are not always the fault of the contractors completing the project.
  • Construction defects: These defects are due to poor work of the workers and contractors completing the project.
  • Operational defects: These occur when the owner fails to maintain the property properly.

The potential defenses to construction defect claims depends on the type of defect to the building. Many times the general contractors receive the initial lawsuits in these situations, but that does not mean that they are always responsible for the defect. They may have defenses or may need to initiate third-party claims against the responsible party.

There are many construction projects in and around the Denver area. These are of varying sizes, but people can make mistakes on every project from the design phase to after the completion of the project. If the owner makes a defect claim, there is a process that the owner needs to follow. There are also potential defenses. These can be very complex matters and consulting with experienced attorneys can be beneficial.