Construction Product Defects
Most NJ developers and builders provide quality work at prices that allow them to make an honest living. Some, however, are looking for ways to save or make an extra buck and opt to cut corners on construction materials. As a home or business owner, you won’t find out about the shoddy materials used until your roof is leaking, the fence won’t withstand wind, or the windows don’t close properly.
If you believe you have been taken advantage of by a builder or developer who used substandard or defective construction materials in your home or place of business in Hamilton or elsewhere in New Jersey, you need to talk with an defective construction building materials lawyer at Graziano & Flynn, P.C. They will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.Ron Graziano Works with Experts to Prove Liability
Often a contractor is long gone before you find out you were duped. They have your money and you have a potentially costly and sometimes dangerous construction project on your hands. Determining liability in a defective building materials suit often involves consulting with engineers and architects, as well as conducting a comprehensive review of the original building plans. Our lawyers will review your entire case and determine which, if any, statutes were violated. We will hold the contractor liable and fight on your behalf to get the project redone correctly.Common Construction Defect Cases
After researching your options and listening to recommendations, you chose your contractor and entered into a contract. You put faith in the company you chose and invited them into your home or business. You watched and they came and went and believed, in good faith, that they were doing the job they agreed to perform. When you find out they used defective materials, it’s completely understandable that you feel taken advantage of and cheated.
Some of the more common situations where defective materials are used include:
- Roof shingles and gutter installation
- Windows and door installations
- Plumbing jobs – including kitchen and bathroom
- Defective stucco and siding
- Wood rot and toxic mold remediation services
- Structural and foundational defects
- Cracked or unlevel concrete walkways or patios
- Tile floors or backsplash installations
Residents of NJ are protected by some of the most stringent regulations regarding contractors, builders and developers. This same type of protection can be provided to homeowners associations. Any contractor looking to work in the State of New Jersey must abide by the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act which mandates harsh penalties for service providers who use defective or substandard materials or unscrupulous business practices that hurt unsuspecting home and business owners.
Consumers have a responsibility to protect themselves as well. Before any work begins on your property, make sure you:
- Do your due diligence on the contractor; know where they are located, including address and phone number. In case of problems, you need to be able to get in touch with them after you’ve made final payment.
- Have a signed contract that specifically outlines the work to be done and the exact materials (type, brand, price, etc.) to be used.
- Make sure the start and end date, as well as milestones for project completion, are discussed and agreed upon – in writing – in advance of the first day of work.
- Get the contractor’s NJ Home Improvement Contractor license number; if they don’t have one, walk away from the deal.
- View the contractor’s insurance paperwork and get a copy of it for your records. Again, no insurance? No contract. Period.
You have options. Whether you pursue compensation under the NJ Consumer Fraud Act, or you file a claim under the NJ New Home Warranty Act for problems with new construction, attorney Ron Graziano can help. He has considerable experience representing New Jersey residents who have been left holding the proverbial hammer when it comes to unscrupulous contractors and shoddy building materials. In fact, Mr. Graziano was a certified trial attorney for over 25 years. He will know what type of claim and compensation you should pursue in your particular case.
If you are dealing with defective construction materials used on your property, contact Graziano & Flynn, P.C., right away. Our offices are located at 1040 North Kings Highway, Suite 650, Cherry Hill, NJ. We can be contacted day or night on the phone or online. We’re on your side every step of the way.