They are a regional builder serving several counties around Owensboro, Kentucky. They use subcontractors to do the actual construction, and attempt to hide behind that when called to task about problems. Of course they told us that the buck stops with them, but if anyone complains, suddenly they are mere material suppliers.
In August 2004, we entered into a contract with Lambert's Post Frame Buildings of Utica, Kentucky, to construct a 30 foot by 60 foot shop building using post frame / pole barn methodology. After a much longer than promised delay, the building was completed in early January, 2005. The wood used was of inferior quality, and only as a result of careful monitoring was the worst rejected before being incorporated into the building; even so, one substandard post escaped notice and is now a permanent part of our building. It was represented that the construction would be done to "Daviess County, Kentucky standards", but it was subsequently learned that the posts were not even set to the proper depth required by said county code. The supports for the overhead door looked as though the Three Stooges might have constructed them, and had to be torn out and redone. The larger front overhead door required a special (more expensive) electric door operator due to an error on the part of the Lambert crew. The walk-in entry doors were not properly installed, and were damaged as a result of said error. There are numerous dents and dings in the metal siding. The insulation board used by the Lamberts is not rated for use where it will be exposed, but they install it in that manner routinely, and the seams were not taped as discussed in more detail below. There were other small problems, but the incomplete list above hits the highlights.
Most seriously, the construction crew failed to tape the seams where the insulation boards meet (standard practice required by manufacturers for such insulation). As a result, it "rains" in lines coinciding with the seams inside the building under certain circumstances due to condensation problems. The Lamberts did not furnish the required tape to the construction crew. Amazingly, out of sheer stubbornness, the Lamberts refuse to acknowledge failure to tape the seams was a mistake, and apparently continue to be involved with the construction of buildings where the insulation board seams are not being taped. After repeated complaints, they did return after a year or so to tape the corners to limit air infiltration, but that has no effect on the roof condensation problem.
Instead of accepting responsibility for solving what problems could be solved, the Lamberts have chosen to be defensive and downright nasty. The Lamberts use contractors for the actual construction of the buildings they sell, and attempt to hide behind that arrangement when called on the carpet for mistakes. Accordingly, we will be filing a civil suit against Lambert's Post Frame Buildings as soon as time permits.
The primary purpose of this note is to warn potential customers of Lambert's Post Frame Buildings to be extremely cautious.
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