Whether your building is high-rise, low-rise, commercial or residential, chances are that it has faced some kind of building defect. More often than not, these defects are minor, however, it is still important that they are remedied in order to prevent further damage and the occurrence of injury.
Read on for 5 common building defects that all property owners should be aware of.
- Poor Roofing Materials
Poor roofing materials can lead to leaks, rusting, and erosion. Not only are these things detrimental to the visual appeal of your building, but they can also cause severe structural damage if left unresolved.
- Drainage Issues
Problems with drainage often come up due to boycotted water outlets. When a gutter is blocked, it can affect the entire structure of a building and lead to future failures if not quickly addressed. Even bad rainwater drainage systems can result in leaks that can potentially ruin the walls and reduce the quality of the building structure.
Another common issue is blocked weep holes preventing water from being able to escape from a facade and causing leaks internally.
- Structural Complications
These are the defects that you can find on the foundations of the house, such as wall cracks and misplaced wall posts. Structural complications should be addressed immediately as they can be a serious hazard to the health and livelihood of your building’s inhabitants.
- Waterproofing Problems
These are defects related to poor drainage, leaking roofs, and any other problems related to poor waterproofing. As waterproofing problems can lead to structural complications, they need to be remedied as soon as possible.
- Facade Defects
Facade defects occur on the exterior of a building. They include defects such as brick cracks and concrete spalling. Often these defects occur naturally through exposure to moisture or harsh weather conditions.