Fiber Cement Siding and class action Lawsuits

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Realty Partners

If you have been in real estate long enough you will come to love siding issues.  I didn't have my first client compalin about siding until I was about a year into the business.  This home had LP siding on the south side of the home that started to show problems, since my client wanted nothing to be wrong with the home he requested the whole home be resided with a fiber cement product.  Needless to say we didn't come to an agreement on that home. 

Where I am heading with this blog is I have started to see fiber cement siding have cracking issues and possible water intrusion. The church I attend has been having problems for over two years with there fiber cement siding cracking and shrinking even after it has been cauled twice. 

My question to the masses is this just a localized problem or is the rest of the united States starting to see issues and possible class action lawsuits upon the makers of fiber cement siding?

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Mark Harner

I am a general contractor in central Il. we built a home for some clients and now they are having cracking problems with there fiber cement siding and this is a SIPS home it has house rap on it and was caulk from the start it is a Passive solar home as well I have not been able to find out what the problem is as of now.

 

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August 23, 2010 12:04 AM
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John

Be careful to stay away from generic fiber cement manufacturers that use FLY ASH in their products.  FLY ASH has a history of causing shrinkage and cracking.  Proper installation is important, but make sure you do your research on the fiber cement manufacturer of choice. 

December 09, 2010 03:24 PM
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However, asbestos fibres are inevitably released during machining operations of the objects made of fibre-cement and by long-term erosion of the materials exposed to atmospheric weathering and wind when cement degrades

 

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February 23, 2011 08:33 AM
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Russ Harding

We purchased a house in Colorado Springs in 2007 that has a concrete siding on the exterior of the structure.  I have been in the remodeling business for 12 years and am familiar with the product.  I always thought that it was a superior product.  After living in this house for 2 years I have noticed that I have up to 1/4" cracks in the middle of the boards all over my house.  I wanted to see if there is any kind of recall or replacement due to manufacture defect.  I am very worried about water penetration.

Thanks Russ

March 13, 2011 12:02 PM
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Peter

We've installed over 600 fiber cement projects and are now moving towards using more Everlast Composite Siding.  It has no problems with moisture since it has no wood.  It's completely inorganic and can be installled in direct contact with other surfaces.

http://everlastcompositesiding.com/

 

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