Dealing with Defective Construction Materials

Defective construction materials can cause costly project delays if they fail during installation. Sometimes, however, a defective product does not become problematic until days, weeks, months or even years after a project has been completed. If a property owner is suing you over defective construction materials, or if you are a property owner who wishes to sue a contractor, manufacturer or supplier for distributing or installing a defective product, an experienced Monmouth County business attorney can help.

Claims Against Contractors

Property owners who believe a contractor knowingly used defective construction materials in their home or commercial property, as well as those who are experiencing unnecessary and costly delays because of a contractor’s refusal to replace deficient materials, may have a claim against the contractor. Furthermore, construction materials sometimes fail after installation because of environmental factors like extreme heat or cold, solar energy, or soil composition. If a contractor used unsuitable materials in your home or commercial property or failed to anticipate and warn you of potential problems, you may be entitled to compensation.

Claims Against Manufacturers and Suppliers

Some manufacturers and suppliers knowingly sell defective construction materials, while others unknowingly sell products they should know to be defective. In either case, you may have a claim against a manufacturer or supplier if you experience financial losses because of a supplier or manufacturer sold you or your contractor a defective product.

Chinese Drywall

One defective construction product that has been of particular concern in recent years is Chinese drywall. Defective Chinese drywall gives off rotten egg-like fumes that can lead to respiratory problems. It can also cause corrosion damage to electrical wiring, pipes, AC units and household appliances. An estimated 60,000 homes nationwide that were built, remodeled or repaired between the years 2000 and 2009 may contain defective Chinese drywall. Removing and replacing it can be very expensive.

Lawsuits have already revealed that some manufacturers and suppliers knowingly distributed defective Chinese drywall in the U.S. Homeowners harmed by this defective product may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer, supplier or contractor who sold, distributed or installed the problem drywall.

Construction Material Disputes Are Complicated

Successfully resolving a dispute over defective construction materials requires a deep understanding of commercial law, the construction industry and city codes. Both sides need a qualified business attorney who will work to protect their respective rights. If you have a defective construction material claim or have had such a claim filed against you, contact a Monmouth County business lawyer with construction litigation experience today.

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