A faulty construction project can have crippling financial repercussions, potentially costing a significant sum of money. When this happens, it’s tempting to assign blame to the most visible party. This can be a mistake.

When it comes to flaws on construction projects, there are multiple layers to consider. Here are three of the most common sources of problems.

Design flaws

Construction projects are not improvisational affairs. Developers trust architects and engineers to draft safe, effective building plans. Contractors then follow those plans.

When there is a fundamental issue with the plans themselves, this is a design flaw. There are many ways this can occur. For example, it could mean certain local codes were not followed, or proper structural support was not included in the design.

Material deficiencies

An artist is only as good as his or her materials. The same could be said of a structure. If a contractor or subcontractor ends up using subpar, inadequate materials, it may cause serious issues (such as water leakage) down the line. Sometimes manufacturers produce faulty materials that, even if properly installed, do not do the job as advertised.

Construction shortcomings

Shoddy workmanship can happen. If a builder simply does a poor job, it is a construction flaw. When this happens – just as with the types of deficiencies listed above – the ripple effects can be problematic.

If you’ve been involved in a construction project that went sideways, it is absolutely vital you do everything possible to determine why things went wrong. That is the most reliable way to hold the responsible party accountable and find a satisfactory resolution.