Potential homebuyers rely on you and your subcontractors to build a quality structure that will hold up through the seasons. When a North Carolina home has been built with materials that are below standard, everyone suffers, including homeowners, contractors and the housing market.
You might already be feeling the effects of the most recent hurricane season, with hurricanes Florence and Michael causing significant damage across North Carolina. As the 2004 and 2005 hurricane season showed, massive repair and restoration efforts can affect the construction industry in the area. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that thousands of hurricane-damaged homes created a shortage of building materials, specifically domestic drywall. As you may know, contractors were forced to obtain drywall from China.
How might foreign drywall affect your construction business, you might wonder? In those cases, substandard material contained hydrogen sulfide, which was reported to leach into the air in homes containing the drywall and cause significant damage to plumbing and wiring, in addition to causing serious health problems in residents. It stands to reason that many contractors were unaware the Chinese drywall would be so problematic, but their lack of harmful intent might not have been enough to protect them from legal claims by upset homeowners.
As you prepare to tackle the issue of repairing storm-damaged homes, you might want to be aware of the quality of building materials you use, as well as their origin. You might protect yourself from costly legal action when you make your best efforts to use reputable products. Construction litigation can be complex, so you should not take this post as legal advice.