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Common Homebuilding Defects to Avoid to Limit Legal Liability

After you complete a residential project, there may be certain deficiencies that you may be required to repair if the work ends up being defective. In many cases, these defects can easily be avoided with additional quality assurance measures in place along with ensuring the right professionals are tasked with the job. In this short article, a construction defect attorney in Brentwood, TN highlights some of the most common homebuilding defects that your construction company should try to avoid to limit potential legal liability down the road.

Roof Work

Faulty or poor roof work is a common source of homebuilding defects that can cost your construction firm a lot of resources to repair or rectify. To avoid potential issues with roof work, opt to hire only the most experienced and respected subcontractors. Be sure to follow up with roof inspectors after the job to have documentation that the roof was constructed up to the current construction code.


If improperly framed, window openings could leave a house vulnerable, especially to water damage from outside elements. This can include hurricane windows, energy-efficient windows, and traditional single pane. Many windows have no issues after installation. However, it is a common homebuilding defect that your company may be liable for in the event that it is found defective and a result of improper installation.


Drywall defects have received a lot of media attention because some contractors in the 1990s and early 2000s used inferior products to save money. This caused many defect cases against builders and other construction professionals. By using the best quality drywall available and having it properly installed, you can potentially ward off any legal action relating to drywall defects. This can save your construction firm time in redoing the drywall and money to replace it.

Water Intrusion

Water can cause a lot of damage in a home, which is why contractors go to great lengths to keep it out. If you want to avoid serious defect issues, then you need to find ways of keeping water from leaking into the home. This is difficult in places where it rains or floods often. Cracks in the foundation can also cause leaks. One of the best ways to avoid this is to thoroughly inspect the work done in areas where water can usually be found. 

Construction defects can happen on any new build. It is often better to have more quality assurance processes in place and focusing on hiring the best contractors possible to avoid defects before they happen to avoid possible legal action from the property owner, when possible. If you have questions about other aspects of construction law, contact a contractor attorney in Brentwood, TN from Cotney Attorneys & Consultants.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.