09:35AM | 06/12/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
8 lifetime posts
I posted a message in tile section about cracked tiles. But now when I've thought about it, my 4.5 years old house have so many problems, I wonder if there is any common cause(s) for all of these:

1/ cracked tiles on shower wall and around tub: some are deep, some look like glazed (crazed) cracks. There are now 75 cracked tiles which are progressing over 4.5 years, starting from month 1.

2/ Rain leaks through the wall (in 2 different places, on same said of wall), happened after 4 years.

3/ French door locking mechanism broke (after 4 years).

4/ Front wooden door out of frame (was adjusted during the first year, and it's now out of frame again recently, enough for rain to poor in).

I would like to find out if these are normal wear and tear. if not, is (are) there common causes or just separate mishaps?

Thank you for all opinions.



05:45PM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
let me get this right your house is 4.5 years old and leaks?Or have you owned it 4.5 years?
If you had it built new and it is doing this,or if you bought a modular and it is doing this I suggest you get ahold of the contractor who built or salesman who sold you the house.


08:33PM | 06/14/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
8 lifetime posts
Thank you, retisin. We bought it brand new, 4.5 years ago. The builder did fix the leak for us and they simply said it was due to an opening between 2 layers of black waterproof sheets (under stucco). But after how they misled me about the cracked tiles, I'm starting to wonder if their explanation about the leaks is true and why these (leaks) did not happen before.

It seems the builder only provides band-aid fixes and hope to buy time until we run out of warranty (1 year and 10-year warranty on certain things).

I appreciate all opinions. If anyone heard of anyone else with the similar problems I had listed, I'd like to hear it.


03:39AM | 06/15/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Im not a builder just a painter but I know that these guy's hate when you bring up bad mouthing them,and mentioning reporting them to better business bureau.
Also take some pictures and if all else fails attorney fee's are alot cheaper than having to redo your house from some contractor doing a quick fix for you.
Also call another builder to come and take a look and point out to him these faults,ask him for an estimate for him to fix these problem areas.I'd get 3 estimates and call good rebutiable names,the higher the estimate the better,then go back and talk to builder that built your house.
Don't let him see these just show him the papers for now and say if these don't get fixed then you will have to be forced to do or go on with further legal actions.
If any of these problems are any neglagence,upkeep or fault of your's then you have no just cause for him to fix faults of your own.
Hope this helps


03:31PM | 06/17/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
8 lifetime posts
Thank you Retisin. I'll keep in mind your suggestion. It sounds good! I'll try to pursue the problem with the tiles first to see what's up with that.



06:54PM | 09/02/03
Member Since: 09/01/03
4 lifetime posts
Hi Michelle,
I am in the construction trades and let me tell you, those are not normal problems for a 4 1/2 year old house. I, too, would get several opinions from reputable contractors and seek legal advice if the builder doesn't take care of these problems the right way.


04:26PM | 09/11/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Let us know how it went.
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