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Allura USA and Plycem USA are among the defendants in a proposed class action lawsuit centered on the companies’ design, manufacture, and sale of allegedly defective fiber cement siding. The lawsuit, removed recently to South Carolina federal court, additionally names as defendants Elementia USA, Inc. and Elementia, S.A. DE C. V.
“The Siding is defective and fails to perform at [the plaintiffs’] residence and at Class Members’ residences by cracking, allowing excess moisture into the structures and decreasing the ability to withstand weather events,” the complaint reads. “These defects manifest and worsen over time, indicating degradation of the material.”
According to the suit, the defendants’ fiber cement siding was installed on the plaintiffs’ Berkeley, South Carolina home in 2015 with a promise from Allura that the siding would be free from manufacturing defects for 50 years from the date of purchase. While Allura represents in its advertising and marketing efforts that its siding “won’t rot, warp, fade, burn or disappoint” and can resist all manner of damage, the siding on the plaintiffs’ home, the complaint says, began severely cracking soon after they moved in. As the plaintiffs tell it, the cracked siding on their house has allowed water to intrude underneath the siding, “leading to deterioration of the sheathing” and the overall degradation of other building components.
The case goes on to state that the defendants’ representatives have inspected several proposed class members’ homes and obtained samples of the cracked fiber cement siding ostensibly for lab testing. According to the plaintiffs, several cracked fiber cement boards were removed from their home “and destroyed by the defendants’ representatives” without being replaced.
Rounding out the lawsuit is the plaintiffs’ charge that the defendants have altogether failed to honor proposed class members’ warranty claims.