Class Action Lawsuit Claims Ply Gem Vinyl Clad Windows Are Defective
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Consumers whose homes have been outfitted with Ply Gem Vinyl Clad Windows.
- What's the Problem?
- Ply Gem Vinyl Clad Windows allegedly contain a design defect that causes the windows to leak. In addition, it has been alleged that Ply Gem Vinyl Clad Windows do not comply with applicable building codes and standards.
- Type of Lawsuit
- Class Action
A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that Ply Gem Vinyl Clad windows contain a defect that allows the windows to leak, which could cause water damage to homes in which the products were installed. The lawsuit is seeking compensation for the replacement costs of the defective windows, as well as compensation to repair any water or other property damage caused by leaks.
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Consumers Lodge Complaints Over Ply Gem Windows
Customers who purchased Ply Gem Vinyl Clad windows have filed a class action lawsuit alleging the windows were defectively designed and that Ply Gem is refusing to fix the problem and honor its warranties.
According to the class action, Ply Gem’s Vinyl Clad windows contain defects that allow water to leak through the windows, which could cause water damage inside homes. The defect allegedly causes the windows to deteriorate from the inside out, so, in many cases, the homeowner may not realize that the windows are defective until substantial water damage has already occurred.
Ply Gem customers have reported the following problems with their vinyl clad windows:
- Water penetration and leakage into residential wood frame substrates
- Deterioration of the wood substructure, trim, and finishes
- Eventual lack of structural capacity for the windows to be anchored into the wood frame walls of a residence
As alleged in the lawsuit, despite knowing that the vinyl clad windows were defective, Ply Gem continued to manufacture, distribute, market and sell the windows to unsuspecting consumers, builders and homeowners. The lawsuit alleges that customers would not have purchased the windows had they known about the defect.
Ply Gem Vinyl Clad Windows Allegedly Do Not Comply With Applicable Building Codes
The class action also alleges that Ply Gem knew or should have known that its vinyl clad windows did not satisfy the testing, certification, labeling and performance requirements of the International Residential Code (“IRC”). Under the IRC, all window products must be tested in accordance with industry standards, and a third-party agency must verify that the windows comply with applicable building codes.
The lawsuit alleges that Ply Gem violated the IRC building code by:
- Failing to obtain certification, via a third-party agency, of compliance with building codes for the vinyl clad window series
- Failing to affix to the windows a label that identifies the third-party agency performing the certification and setting forth the performance characteristics that were satisfied
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