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April 4th, 2014
If you owned a home, residence, building, or other structure in the United States as of September 30, 2013, on which specific CertainTeed products were installed on or before September 30, 3013, you may be entitled to receive funds from the class action settlement that was approved on March 20, 2014.
The settlement will resolve allegations that CertainTeed sold defective Weatherboards Fiber Cement siding that it failed to sufficiently design and test before placing them in the marketplace. The siding was made with fly ash instead of sand, which causes water absorption and porosity problems. The defective products are said to be subject to shrinkage, warping, cracking, bowing, delamination, and other issues.
All CertainTeed Fiber Cement products can be easily identified by one of two ways; the product control and identification numbers which are imprinted on the reverse side of the cement siding and by the unique fingerprint of wood grain in the fiber cement siding. With that information you can visit the CertainTeed Settlement Lawsuit website, compare defective products, and discover if you are eligible to file a claim.
Having the defective siding installed on your residence, building, or other structure can represent a long-term risk from a performance point of view and a possible reduction of the value of the property. This lawsuit is a great example of a reason to hire a firm that is constantly evolving and researching new issues relevant to the built environment.
If you have questions regarding the CertainTeed Fiber Cement settlement or any hardboard siding issues, please feel free to contact your local Marx|Okubo office.
Marx|Okubo is a national architecture/engineering/construction consulting firm that works with real estate owners, investors and lenders—at every point of the property lifecycle—to evaluate their building projects, solve complex challenges and implement tailored solutions. We help clients understand their projects’ complexities, so they can make more informed decisions and, ultimately, mitigate their risk.