Although Lennar admits that the door edges should have been painted to prevent damage, they also admit it’s too late to prevent the damage now. This issue was first reported shortly after the one-year warranty inspection.
Why must door edges be painted?
The most simple answer is the paint prevents moisture damage and warping to the doors. HomeOne has a great thread on this if you are interested.
As I’ve explained, I’ve had tons of problems with my exterior doors, but this is specific to the interior doors. The lack of paint on the door edges is even more critical considering the mold and water intrusion issues I have in my new construction Lennar home.
What was my response?
That’s not my fault.
Here’s the summary of the issue from all of Lennar construction issues I keep in a spreadsheet.
*Note: For simplicity, the Lennar and WCI Communities names here are used interchangeably as Lennar took over WCI in February of 2017.
2013-2014 – First issues were reported to WCI. The initial responses were from Joel Fedora who is now a Vice President of Construction with Lennar.
Late-2014 – Towards the end of the year, I retained Amanda Buffinton (at the time a shareholder at Bush Ross) to start working the legal side of the issues, because nothing was getting resolved. The first Lennar in-house legal response happens around this time.
July 2015 – The case expands and WCI moves the case from in-house to outside legal. The outside legal responses are from this time.
September 2015 – Amanda Buffington files a 558 complaint against WCI/Lennar to start the process of filing a construction lawsuit.
October 2015 – Lennar’s outside legal sends a response to the 558 complaint. Their response was completely untrue. It’s the same attorney who provided the first outside legal response in July 2015.
Door edges need paint description
Top and bottom edges of interior doors needs to be painted to prevent warping.
Original response to door edges need paint issue from Joel Fedora
WCI will have the tops and bottoms of all doors painted
Lennar in-house legal response to door edges need paint issue
Fletcher Painting will paint the tops and bottom of any doors that were not originally painted.
Amanda Buffinton legal response to Lennar about door edges need paint issue
Buffinton response to Lennar outside legal (prior to filing the 558)
Resolved. Mr. Fannin reserves his rights.
Final WCI outside legal response to 558 complaint
WCI offered to resolve this item but the Homeowner canceled the repair.
Note: This is not true at all. See: WCI (Now Lennar Homes) Lied in Their Legal Response. Why?
Lennar executive’s response on 5/22/2017
No action will be taken.
My note on the spreadsheet: Why was this changed? UPDATED: Steve Smith indicates it’s too late to prevent damage to the doors. Follow-up during additional inspections.