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Is premature deterioration a factor in your construction claim?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2023 | Construction Law

There are all kinds of ways that a construction defect can manifest. Sometimes, like when a foundation cracks or the architect forgot to leave room for the plumbing, a defect is immediately obvious. Other times, hapless property owners only discover the defect over time as the materials used in their project start to fall apart.

Premature deterioration of some part of a building’s components may or may not be a construction defect. However, t it’s definitely something to consider.

What is premature deterioration?

Essentially, this is what happens when construction materials degrade faster than expected. All buildings need regular upkeep and repairs to be maintained, and decay of any material is to be expected over time. Extreme weather can also play its part in causing damage.

You may fully expect to do some repairs after a major series of storms pass through, but you shouldn’t expect a roof with 20-year-old shingles to start cracking, lifting and peeling apart after just three years in use. That kind of problem should automatically raise the specter of inferior construction materials in your mind.

Other common examples of premature deterioration include cracking concrete or corrosion in the metal supports used to reinforce a structure. Shrinkage in timber that’s used for construction is another issue, which is often a problem when the wood isn’t properly acclimated to the weather conditions around the structure before installation.

Latent construction defects can be devastating. They can force you out of your home or make you close the doors on your business while extensive repairs are made. If this happens to you, it’s only wise to explore all the potential avenues for fair compensation.