Construction Defects

Defective Building Materials

Builders and developers are always looking for less expensive building materials that can do the same job as the materials they have been using for years. Often, using new materials saves builders and homeowners money. However, if new building products are rushed to the market without adequate laboratory analysis, field testing and quality control, then homeowners end up paying the price.

Burg Simpson is a leading construction defect litigation law firm. Four of our attorneys are AV® Peer Review Rated,* and all of our attorneys have extensive experience handling a variety of construction cases related to building material defects.

Compensation for Damages Caused by Defective Building Materials
We have represented many homeowner associations and thousands of individual homeowners in lawsuits seeking compensation for building material defects and product failures such as:

  • Leaking and prematurely deteriorating roofs
  • Defective shingles
  • Defective plumbing
  • Leaking windows and doors
  • Degraded or rotted flooring
  • Siding and exterior surface system failures
  • Real and synthetic (EIFS) stucco installation problems
  • Water intrusion of all kinds from all sources

Building material defects can be traced to lack of testing, errors in the manufacturing process, improper construction methods or application, and a failure to properly consider the interaction of the components and materials with the environment. Regardless of the source of the product failure, we have the experience and resources necessary to effectively handle any claim related to defective building materials.

Results-Oriented Attorneys Handling Construction Defect Cases
Our construction defect attorneys are results-oriented. We are focused on getting the results you need in a cost-effective, efficient manner. Our goal is always to ensure that you have the home you were promised, as soon as possible.

Accordingly, we encourage homeowner associations and individual homeowners to try to work out problems with builders and developers first. But if you have exhausted your options, and the responsible parties refuse to fix the problem, our law firm can step in and provide assistance.

Using Alternative Dispute Resolution Tactics
We strongly recommend the use of “Plan B” settlement discussions. These discussions involve roundtable meetings of construction experts in an effort to develop a reasonable repair plan to be funded by those responsible for the construction problems.

Homeowner associations and homeowners must be careful, however, that the “Plan B” process is not misused to make “band-aid” repairs following inadequate investigation that will come back to haunt the owners years later. No property owner wants to mistakenly rush prematurely agreeing to a “Plan B” repair.

Because the building industry exerts enormous economic influence over the soils engineers that it regularly uses, review by a soils engineer of your own choosing of the soils engineering report and recommendations specific to your home may be prudent. Sometimes a builder’s soils engineer decides that it may not be “cost-beneficial” for the builder to use a certain construction technique that will better solve a problem presented by site conditions, without a serious analysis of the ultimate, future cost to the homeowner due to the failure to use this technique, and without full disclosure of the risk of not using the alternate construction method.

We always advise homeowner associations and individual homeowners to attempt to work out problems with builders and developers first. But after you have exhausted every other reasonable avenue to get them to fix the problem, our law firm can step in and provide assistance. Our law firm strongly encourages the use of “Plan B” settlement discussions involving roundtable meetings of construction experts in an effort to develop a reasonable repair plan to be funded by those responsible for the construction problems.

Homeowner associations and homeowners must be careful, however, that the “Plan B” process is not misused to make “band-aid” repairs following inadequate investigation that will come back to haunt the owners years later.

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