​Exterior cladding is the material on exterior walls that protects the walls from the weather. Examples of cladding systems are siding, panels, brick, board and batten or stucco. No cladding system is 100% effective at preventing water intrusion. As a result, all such systems are designed with a second layer of protection against water intrusion. This secondary weather resistive barrier normally consists of building paper and flashing integrated together to channel water to a safe exit point such as the bottom of the wall. It is very common to find mistakes in the integration of flashing and building paper that direct water behind the building paper, which over time damages the sheathing and framing in the exterior walls.


​Some windows are defective because of manufacturing errors. It is far more common, however, to find errors in the installation of windows. The most common error is improper integration of window flashing with the surrounding building paper.


​As with windows, doors are sometimes improperly installed such that the flashing system improperly allows water intrusion behind the flashing and building paper. In addition, some builders fail to install a drainage pan beneath doors to ensure that wind-driven rain cannot intrude at the base of doors.


​Common errors include failure to install adequate ventilation, using nails that are too small, using nails that corrode and deteriorate over time, failure to install flashing at areas where roofs meet exterior walls, and failure to protect the entire roof with felt underlayment before installing shingles or other roofing material.

Decks and Balconies​

​We often find decks that are not adequately sloped to drain surface water. This causes pooling and deterioration of the decking surface. We also find flashing errors where decks meet walls.

Soil Compaction​

If native soil is moved in order to fill in low spots, then the areas of fill soil must be compacted before concrete is poured on top of the soil. Failure to adequately compact the soil causes concrete sidewalks, parking areas, porches, planter boxes, and garage slabs to sink over time.


​Building codes may require fully sheathed walls to separate attic space between units in order to prevent fires from spreading between units. Builders often fail to install sheathing on such attic walls.


Inadequate draining, improper sloping, ponding, and inadequate ventilation can cause damage inside crawlspaces. An inadequate vapor barrier (normally a black plastic material) can lead to high humidity and mold inside condominium units.


Pipes supplying water to condominium units contain water under pressure. Leaks in supply pipes can cause major damage. Pipes and the fitting that join the pipes together can be made of copper, brass, and several types of plastic (CPVC and PEX being the most common). From 2000 through 2010, most of the fittings installed with PEX pipe included yellow brass fittings. Corrosion of these fittings may lead to leaks.

HVAC Systems​

In larger condominium buildings with six or more floors, interior heating and ventilation systems are sometimes undersized, improperly balanced, and poorly designed.

what our clients' say

Monaco Villas

My Homeowners Association worked with the Stein, Sudweeks & Stein firm in an attempt to recover for water intrusion behind our building’s siding. Stein, Sudweeks & Stein first helped identify all of our historical insurance companies (going back to the 1980s), evaluated their responsibilities, then submitted claims and sued the insurance companies that would not cooperate. The firm worked diligently to maximize recovery for our Association. I would highly recommend these attorneys.

- Ben Former Board Member Monaco Villa

Woodlake Condominium Association

My Association contacted Stein, Sudweeks & Stein after receiving a water-damage investigation report calling for repair of all the balconies in our community. Daniel Stein worked with us to identify the historical insurers of our Association and then sought recovery from those property insurance companies on our behalf. We are very satisfied with the outcome of our case. We highly recommend these attorneys.

- Carol Former Board President, Woodlake Condominium Association

510 Ward Street Condominium Association

An intrusive investigation revealed big problems for our small Association. Stein, Sudweeks & Stein helped our Association find missing insurance policies; answer insurance company examination under oaths; and guided us through both the claims process and litigation. Our Association ultimately recovered about 90% of the repair cost. We want to thank Stein,Sudweeks & Stein for helping us to obtain this great recovery.

- Ingrid, Board President 510 Ward Street Condominium Association

Eastbridge Condominium Association

Even though our property was 30 years old (124 condo units), at the time we won a settlement from both insurance companies that helped us start a 5 million dollar repair project.

- Zoe Allen Eastbridge Condominium Association

Bellevue Manor Condominium Association

Knowing how long law suits take, we thought it would take years for our case to resolve. Fortunately for us, we hired the right attorneys (for our collapse coverage case against insurance companies). If you are looking for trustworthy professionals who can deliver great results in a relatively short period of time- look no further!

- Dmitry Litvinov Bellevue Manor Condominium Association

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