What Happens If My Deck Or Balcony Is Defective?
When you own a home, it often seems like there is always one repair or another needed. There is no fun in that. But certain remodeling projects can be fun not only to plan but the use of the project when it is done. One of the most common of these types of projects is adding a deck or balcony to a home. Whether you are adding a deck to the back of your home, overlooking an above-ground pool, or even a balcony off of an upstairs bedroom, there’s nothing better than enjoying sitting and enjoying it after completion.
Unfortunately, not all construction projects go as planned and your fun and relaxing addition can very quickly turn into an expensive headache. In some cases, a dangerous one. In these situations, a construction law attorney can help.
Dangers of Defects in Decks and Balconies
A deck or balcony construction defect can cause structural instability and/or moisture problems. If water is getting in, this could cause mold or mildew growth and cause severe health issues for anyone living in the home. This mold or mildew can also quickly spread throughout the home, resulting in the house becoming completely inhabitable and the cost to remove is astronomical.
If there is structural instability, the deck or balcony could even collapse, causing serious injury or even death to anyone on or under the structure. A collapse could also result in injury to a visitor to the home. If this happens, that victim could file a personal injury lawsuit against the homeowner. In many cases, homeowners’ insurance typically does not cover damages that may be associated with construction defects. Legal action by the victim against a homeowner whose insurance policy doesn’t cover these acts could result in financial disaster for the homeowner.
Reasons for Deck and Balcony Defects
Some of the more common causes of these defects that are usually found in cases a construction law attorney handles for clients are:
- The contractor’s failure to install drains
- The contractor’s failure to properly slope the deck or balcony
- The contractor’s failure to properly ensure the area is waterproofed, including the interior of the home
- The contractor’s failure to seal drains
- Improper construction connection of the deck or balcony to the home
- Improper nailing
- Use of poor building materials
Contact a Construction Law Attorney Today
If you have been the victim of a shady or incompetent roofing contractor who failed to meet the obligations he or she had with you, you may be able to take legal action against that contractor. Call an experienced attorney, like a construction law attorney in Rockville MD from a firm like The Law Office of Daniel J. Wright.