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5 Common Construction Defects to Look Out For

With more than 40 years hands on building experience, SBDIR have the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to identify all types of construction defects. These can occur within both commercial and residential properties, and they are structural faults which significantly dampen your enjoyment and/or utility of your property.

 Defects can occur due to poor workmanship throughout the build, but they can also occur upon project completion or many years down the track. To minimise your risk of encountering these issues, it is a good idea to engage the services of a building defect inspector. With a keen eye for detail and strong industry connections, SBDIR can assist you in overseeing the build, identifying defects and providing recommendations on how they should be repaired.

Here are 10 of the most common structural faults defects we see on a regular basis.

  1. Faulty Door/Window Seals

Doors and windows are essential parts of any building, but it is not uncommon to come across poorly installed seals. This is an issue because the seals are designed to prevent wind, rain and pests from entering your premises, and they also help to ensure easy opening/closing. With commercial buildings having such many doors and windows, it is important that each frame is inspected thoroughly and that the appropriate sealing compound is used. 

  • Premature Roof Failure and Defects

When selecting materials for a build, it is important to consider the type of building and environment. Premature roof failures can occur for a wide range of reasons, and a professional investigation will be needed to narrow down the cause. Often it is due to poor choice of materials which may be unable to withstand the environmental conditions. It is also not uncommon to find poorly installed roofs. Roofing failures can be very costly, so it’s worth engaging an expert to ensure appropriate materials and manufacturer guidelines are followed in the first place. 

Some common issues with roofs include:

  • Moisture and leaks
  • Fascia board rot
  • Gutters rusting or leaking
  • Poor maintenance
  1. Waterproofing Issues

Internal and external waterproofing is extremely important, as it prevents the growth of mould/mildew and helps to protect the structural integrity of a building. This is especially important in wet areas such as the toilet, bathroom, laundry and en-suite. It just so happens that waterproofing and tiling defects in these areas are amongst the top 4 most common construction failures, and you don’t want to discover these issues later down the track when they start causing serious problems. 

  • Cracking

Hairline cracks don’t necessarily mean there are major structural issues, but they should be investigated regardless. Cracks are unsightly and the cause and extent of the issue should be investigated so that major structural defects can be ruled out. If the cracks do turn out to be serious, we will provide you with professional advice on where to go next.

  • Poor Ventilation

Excess condensation within a building is the first sign of inadequate ventilation systems. Mould, rotting timber and peeling paint are not only unsightly and hazardous but also tell-tale signs for condensation issues. Utilising specialist tools, our Damp and Thermography Inspections will uncover the cause and we will be able to provide recommendations on how to treat mould and improve ventilation to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. 

Put Your Mind at Ease – Call SBDIR Today 

With a formidable reputation as one of Sydney’s leading building inspectors, SBDIR would welcome the opportunity to assist you in the identification and remediation of building defects. Please call today on 0419 416 040 to discuss your needs and arrange an inspection.