Building Product Defects

Building Product Defects

I’ve seen more than a few building product defects that cause a failure to achieve their intended purposes – functionality without defect, blemish, or modification. In some cases, the product is patently defective, yet still is available for purchase, nonetheless. The defect may be noticeable before the product is installed, or it may be a latent defect – showing up later in its service.

In other cases, the product is rendered defective by the manner of installation. It is the onus of the construction expert to discern the nature of the defect, and whether the manufacturer is at fault, or the installer.

There are a whole slew of sub-par materials used regularly for building sold to contractors by cut-rate hacks like Home Depot and Lowes. There is a tacit cut-off in quality control wherein these materials are no longer acceptable. This line of demarcation resides at the top of the bottom tier of of products, or where any contractor worth his salt wouldn’t dream of purchasing.

My extensive background as a field mechanic and project manager gives me intricate knowledge of performance for various building products. These are often written into the architect’s project manual, or specifications. However; growing up as the son of an engineer, I maintained a bench in a workshop where I tinkered endlessly assembling and disassembling all sorts of materials, equipment, and various building equipment and product.

Those years paid off dividends of acumen and expertise in deconstructing defective installations to positively identify the nature and severity of deficiency. My years as an estimator provide me with a vast knowledge base of the cost of remediation of various defects.

Not infrequently, a contractor will execute an entire project with defective material and poor workmanship standards. Both he and the client may be oblivious to this fact until it is pointed out – typically too late to manoeuvre swift remediation, and too ubiquitous to necessitate anything than a complete tear out. Indeed, many properties fit this latter category where piecemeal remediation far exceeds the cost of a wholesale rebuild.