Construction defect claims typically hit the books eight or nine years after completion but can appear even earlier on poorly managed projects. This variance makes for inconsistent performance metrics regarding construction quality over the long term.
3 Key Causes of Construction Defects
Based on our analysis and the data stream generated by our quality assurance app, there appears to be no single dominant causal issue for defects. Rather, our primary research shows there are three key elements that equally contribute to factors that led to building defects, which in turn could lead to potential litigation. They are:
- Deviations from architectural plans
- Deviations from approved materials
- Deviations from standard field quality
Our research has also identified different failure risks and trends by building type and region of the U.S. For example, data collected over a four-year period indicate an average deficiency rate of 4% over the U.S. for all building types, including single-family homes, townhomes/condominiums, and mid-rise/high-rise buildings. For single-family homes, however, the average deficiency rate in California and Nevada was much lower than in Texas and Florida.