What constitutes a breach of contract in construction?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2023 | Blog, Construction Litigation |

Commercial building construction is a serious business. Every project requires large amounts of funding and considerable time to come together.

Because these endeavors are so complex, official documents detailing expectations remain necessary. When one side fails to uphold a deal, there may be a breach of contract. Violations of construction agreements take several forms.

Failure to meet timeline promises

Generally speaking, construction companies are bound by specific beginning and end dates. When a building company does not meet completion by the deadline, it cuts into client profits. Occasionally, starting and finishing dates are not part of the agreement. Even under these circumstances, unreasonable delays could provide a cause for legal action.

Failure to use proper materials

Certain construction products result in better builds than others. Although lower-quality materials tend to be less expensive, they develop problems. Repairing them can cost a hefty penny. Chipping, warping and corrosion become more likely. Should these concerns surface, rainwater might get inside, potentially leading to mold.

Failure to perform quality services

The use of top-shelf equipment and textiles does not guarantee exemplary workmanship. A construction company may still be guilty of subpar performance. Plumbing problems, malfunctioning electrical systems and cracking roofs may surface. Sloppy efforts sometimes even bring about building collapses. The root cause could be a lack of worker supervision or faulty design.

It is always distressing when care is not top of mind during building construction. Often, a breach of contract lies at the heart of the matter. Filing a lawsuit is usually appropriate under such circumstances.