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Avoiding material deficiencies in construction

| Nov 28, 2020 | Construction Contracts |

While construction defects do sometimes happen in California, material deficiencies are a lot less common in a developed country such as the U.S., where there is plentiful access to durable, high-quality materials. Still, some manufacturing companies may choose to go the cheaper route, sometimes at the cost of building integrity.

Travelers Insurance states that if a building fails to perform the way it was meant to as a result of damaged or defective building materials, this can be considered a construction defect.

Understanding material defects

One example of a material defect is a window frame that got bent during transit. This could allow water to enter the building through the damaged frame during a storm, as it would not have been possible to install the frame properly.

There is also a rather high standard in California for the durability of construction materials. If part of a recently constructed building has already started to fail or give way, it could be the result of cheap or inferior building materials.

How to avoid material defects

Acuity Insurance recommends that builders conduct tests and reviews of all their materials through independent third-parties. This can also be as simple as checking with the manufacturer if such tests have been performed prior to ordering the materials.

Organizations that provide reliable test results include professional committees and independent laboratories.  Some examples of these include the International Conference of Building Officials and the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Beyond reliance on other organizations, construction managers should also check over any materials being used, as sometimes one-off flaws can occur. Simply rejecting any damaged materials can help to preserve the integrity of the entire project.