March 11, 2020 - Cases Consolidated, Investigation Closed
Thanks to everyone who helped contribute to this investigation! At this point, attorneys working with ClassAction.org no longer need to hear from people who had issues with their siding. Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed and consolidated to a single court to be handled by a single judge. Check back with this page for updates as the litigation progresses or sign up for our newsletter for the latest class action news, sent right to your inbox.
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At A Glance
This Alert Affects:
Anyone who had problems with their home’s Allura or Maxitile fiber cement siding.
What’s Going On?
A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that Allura’s fiber cement siding can crack within five years of installation. Now, more people are needed to come forward to help strengthen the litigation.
How Can a Class Action Help?
A class action lawsuit could help homeowners recover money for damage done to their properties, as well as repair and replacement costs.
Allegations have surfaced that Allura’s fiber cement siding is defective and can begin cracking within five years of installation.
A class action lawsuit has already been filed in over the issue – but more people are needed to speak up to help strengthen the litigation and ensure as many people as possible are covered.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A lawsuit could help homeowners get a resolution to the problems they’ve been reporting.
It’s been alleged that the manufacturers of the siding are failing to honor warranty claims, failing to respond to those who submit claims and even removing siding from people’s homes for testing – without replacing it to prevent further damage. A successful class action could help homeowners get the cost of their replacement siding covered.
What Does the Lawsuit Say About the Siding?
The lawsuit claims that the fiber cement siding is defective, can crack within five years of installation and is “not suitable” for use as an exterior building product.
It’s been alleged that the problem first manifests as vertical hairline cracks in multiple areas of the siding. Attorneys suspect that as the material continues to degrade, the cracks will begin to widen. Severe cracks can make the siding itself susceptible to water retention and swelling, and create pathways for water to reach other areas of the home, according to the suit.
The lawsuit claims that these “deficiencies” existed at the time the siding left the factory – and that the manufacturers therefore knew or should have known that their product would fail prematurely.
What Problems Have Been Linked to this Siding?
The lawsuit alleges that Allura fiber cement siding can suffer:
Deterioration of the sheathing beneath the siding
Degradation of the siding and other building components
What About Maxitile Fiber Cement Siding?
Attorneys suspect that Maxitile fiber cement siding – while not mentioned in the lawsuit – is suffering similar problems. It’s believed that Allura bought the Maxitile brand and may be liable for the problems homeowners have reported. The following is a sample of complaints about the Maxitile siding that have been posted online [sic throughout]:
I installed Maxitile siding on the west side of my home and several have shrunk within 5 months. Therefore it cracks where it is nailed. There really is no way to replace it, but to tear it off and start over again.” — Keith W., Minnesota, SidingCompare.com
Put this stuff up in Oct of 2012, by Sept 2013 it had shrunk nearly 1/4, cracking the siding anywhere it was face nailed. Of course the company blames the installation, that it was wet or handled incorrectly. They blame that the ends were not primed which is not true, or the nails were over driven, again not true. It was delivered under wrap and stayed that way until installed…Now it looks as if they may refund me a few pieces, ONLY the pieces that failed. In order to do a in place repair it has to be face nailed which is how the original stuff cracked! To fix it right I have to take it all down and start over. If I'm doing that I might as well start with a different product.” — Anonymous, Illinois, SidingCompare.com
Within 12 months it shrunk 1/4 inch at the butt joints, cracking all face nailing. Filed a claim and they claim 1/4 or less is acceptable, mine is ‘only’ 15/64, but it's cracked. At some point this stuff is gonna fall off the wall. Seem to be very temperature sensitive, below zero the gaps seem to increase. I've had to defend the installation. NO it was not stored incorrectly, NO it was not installed wet (it never rained the month I installed it), no the nails were NOT over driven, YES I did prime the ends (what does that have to do with the entire product shrinking?), YES I installed vapor barrier at each butt joint…I did everything right and the stuff failed and I am having to fight with the company. I have been fighting them for 5 months, filling out forms, answering the same dang questions over and over, send them the same types of pictures over and over again.” — John Smith, SidingCompare.com