Construction Defects

Portland Construction Defects Attorney

Washington Poor Construction Quality Lawyer

Common construction defects in Oregon and Washington include deficiencies in the performance of work and/or the supply of services including design, planning, supervision, inspection, construction and/or observation of construction. The legal standard often implicated in these cases involves a failure to construct the building in a reasonably workmanlike manner and/or in the manner that is reasonably expected by the homeowner. Some of the most common and expensive construction defects include:

  • Moisture intrusion (often resulting in toxic mold) which results from a contractor's failure to properly waterproof;
  • Lack of Structural integrity including: concrete, masonry, framing, foundation;
  • Unstable soils often caused by improper fill or failure to properly compact;
  • Mechanical;
  • Electrical; and
  • Doors, windows and glass.

Construction defects generally fall into one of four categories:

Design Deficiencies

Design professionals, such as architects or engineers, who design buildings and systems do not always work as specified, which can result in a defect. Typical design deficiencies relate to construction outside of the specified building code. Roofs are an example of a typical design defect that results in water penetration, intrusion, poor drainage, or inadequate structural support.

Material Deficiencies

The use of inferior building materials can cause significant problems, such as windows that leak or fail to perform or function adequately, even when properly installed. Window leaks can result from many things including, rough framing not being flush with outside openings, improper flashing, improperly applied building paper, window frame racked during storage/moving, lack of sheet metal drip edge above window header, etc. Common manufacturer problems with building materials can include deteriorating flashing, building paper, waterproofing membranes, asphalt roofing shingles, particle board, inferior drywall and other wall products used in wet and/or damp areas, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Construction Deficiencies

Poor quality workmanship can result in a long list of defects. A typical example is water infiltration/intrusion through some portion of the building structure, which may create an environment for the growth of mold. Other problems include cracks in foundations or walls, dry rotting of wood, electrical and mechanical problems, plumbing leaks, or pest infestation.

Subsurface Deficiencies

Expansive soil conditions are typical in the Washington and Oregon, as well as other parts of the country. Many houses are built on hills or other areas where it is difficult to provide a stable foundation. A lack of a solid foundation may result in cracked foundations or floor slabs and other damage to the building. If subsurface conditions are not properly compacted and prepared for adequate drainage, it is likely the property will experience problems such as improperly settling to the ground (subsidence), the structure moving or shifting, flooding and in many cases more severe problems such as landslides.

If you are experiencing any construction defect issues, one of our skilled attorneys can help advise you on how to handle your claim. Slinde Nelson is also connected to some of the most skilled and experienced building consultants and repair contractors in Washington and Oregon, who can help restore your home, condominium or commercial building.