Common Construction Defects

Construction defect is a broad term that is generally defined as a defect in the design, materials, workmanship that can affect mechanical systems, building components and structural integrity. It can be months or years after construction is complete that defects arise.

Construction defects can be costly and frustrating to correct once construction of the building or home is completed. 



Here are some very common Construction Defects that Expert Construction Witnesses are called to make judgements on.

Bad Trim and Paint

Bad Trim and Paint

Poor Carpentry

Poor Carpentry

Bad Stair Construction

Bad Stair Construction

Poor Crawl Spaces and Ventilation

Poor Crawl Spaces and Ventilation

Bulkhead Movement

Bulkhead Movement

Insufficient Collar Ties

Insufficient Collar Ties

Defective Framing

Defective Framing

Dangerous Electrical

Dangerous Electrical

Poor Tile Fit and Finish

Poor Tile Fit and Finish

Damage Behind Stucco

Damage Behind Stucco

Dangerous Conditions

Dangerous Conditions

Drywall and Paint - Poor Workmanship

Drywall and Paint - Poor Workmanship

Excessive Settlement

Excessive Settlement

Poor Plumbing Work

Poor Plumbing Work

Poor Workmanship - Brick

Poor Workmanship - Brick

Poor Workmanship - Stair Railing

Poor Workmanship - Stair Railing

Stair Geometry

Stair Geometry

Poor Exterior Trim Work

Poor Exterior Trim Work

Slab Movement

Slab Movement

Manufacturer Defects - Steel Windows and Doors

Manufacturer Defects - Steel Windows and Doors

Mold Evidence in Wall

Mold Evidence in Wall

Poor Carpentry

Poor Carpentry

Poor Exterior Trim Carpentry

Poor Exterior Trim Carpentry

Poor Railing Construction

Poor Railing Construction

Poor Stair Railings

Poor Stair Railings

Poor Workmanship on Exterior Cladding

Poor Workmanship on Exterior Cladding

Poor Trim Work

Poor Trim Work

Poor Structural Framing

Poor Structural Framing

Rusty Window Ledge

Rusty Window Ledge

Poor Workmanship - Drywall

Poor Workmanship - Drywall

Water Intrusion and Mold

Water Intrusion and Mold

Water Intrusion - Stucco

Water Intrusion - Stucco

Poor Workmanship - Pools

Poor Workmanship - Pools

Poor Workmanship on Pools

Poor Workmanship on Pools

Poor Workmanship - Roofing

Poor Workmanship - Roofing

Stair Railings Issues

Stair Railings Issues

Soil Stabilization Failure

Soil Stabilization Failure

Soils Stabilization Failure

Soils Stabilization Failure

Structural Framing Problems

Structural Framing Problem

Structural Wall Failure

Structural Wall Failure

Water Leaks in Exterior Walls

Water Leaks in Exterior Walls

Window Product Failure

Window Product Failure


Tools to help uncover defects

Concrete Slab Moisture Testing

Concrete Slab Moisture Testing

Thermal Imaging on Molding

Thermal Imaging on Molding

Moisture Testing

Moisture Testing

Thermal Imaging on Molding

Thermal Imaging on Molding


Here is an example of Water Leaks in the Ceiling picked up by Thermal Imaging