No matter if you look to have a home or business built in Illinois, or if you specialize in residential or commercial construction, you should be aware of some of the more common defects in the construction industry. Such information helps you know what to look for and what to avoid.
Builder and Developer Magazine explores prevalent construction blunders. See where you should double- or triple-check before deeming a project complete.
Poorly installed doors and windows
When doors and windows are not installed with care, it often results in water seepage. What often happens is builders install poor sloping sills, fail to include sheet metal head flashing and do not install flashing at all necessary points.
Sometimes, when a construction company wants to save money, it may clip eaves from a roof. Doing so makes building walls vulnerable to water intrusion. Additionally, birds and rodents can take advantage of poor roof design and infiltrate a building’s interior.
Poor balcony and deck design
Moisture can also use improper sloping or angling to seep inside a home or commercial building’s deck or balcony. Even if a balcony or deck has enough slope or the right angle, the construction company may not include necessary or enough drainage. Proper water testing reveals problem areas.
Proper siding is essential for structural protection. Water damage is one result of improper exterior siding, but it can lead to many other issues. For instance, wood can rod, mold can develop and spread, and odors can sift through the building interior.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.