Contracts Specialist can help resolve your building problems and other construction issues.
Generally, building problems are unavoidable, but we can lessen the potential costs that may come up because of it. At the start of a construction project, every aspect of the construction seems to be on the right track. The building and construction process goes so well, but suddenly building problems come up and derail your well-laid plans.
Even with the best intentions and preparation, we cannot always foresee exactly where and when building disputes and issues come up. Building problems have many common forms and present itself in building design, planning, supervision, inspection, and legal requirements.
With the current growth and positive outlook of the Australia’s construction sector, many homeowners, investors, and builders have been occupied with construction works. Fortunately, this booming trend is projected to continue.
Consulting with a specialist construction lawyer from Contracts Specialist early on would be the best step for you so you can avoid or efficiently manage building problems and disputes.
Design errors are considered as part of defective construction works that will cost a lot of money on the owner’s or builder’s side. Building designs include the layout, water control, insulation and vapor barriers, floors and walls, and systems.
A building with defects has unfunctional parts that can cause dangerous conditions for individuals occupying it. The main reasons of these defective works are poor workmanship and the use of defective or wrong construction materials.
Generally, concrete spalling or concrete scaling, can be seen in a concrete slab or a layer of concrete. This happens in certain areas experiencing colder climates and continuous destructive natural forces such as cyclic freezing and thawing. Concrete scaling can be described as parts of a building where cracks appear, visible broken tiles, surfaces bulges and huge parts of concrete are peeling off.
Signs of non-structural cracks are superficial or cosmetic cracks found on the plaster or mortar renderings of buildings. The measure of the cracks are ranging from 1 to 2 mm wide which is comparable to thin hairline cracks. Building cracks often occur dueto elastic deformation, thermal movement, moisture changes, chemical reaction, and other related factors.
Defective external wall finishes can be identified with cracking of wall surface, bulging with a hallow base, falling off tiles or bricks, and debonding of finishes. In addition, this defect usually causes hollow sound if tapped using a hammer.
Structural defects generally specified with cracks. Unlike in non-structural type of building cracks, structural cracks are an extensive one which affects the foundation walls, beams, and columns or slabs. Structure is the most important aspect in buildings and with these defects, it can be dangerous and unsafe due to possible partial or complete collapse of the whole establishment.
Common causes of water seepage include leakages in the drainage pipe and water supply pipes, deteriorated waterproofing of floor slabs or bath-tub seals, and seepage of waste water or rain water through roof. Water seepage can be easily repaired through building technician or licensed plumber.
Well-established buildings structurally demand continuous, efficient maintenance. Building maintenance include the routine and preventative ways to keep the buildings, utilities, and ground in good and safe condition.
Building inspection is necessary to determine the current condition of a property. This process is significant because it can possibly save the owner or builders from expensive further renovations. Inspecting a building usually happens if one is buying a unit, apartment, townhouses, and building investments.
Building inspection includes:
Home warranty insurance is a policy for residential building work that covers an individual for the types of loss, and for the amounts of loss within a construction project. This act covers the loss or damage resulting from non-completion of the work due to insolvency, death or disappearance of the builder; and loss or damage due to a breach of a statutory warranty.