Composite wood siding

Originally Posted By: jcampbell
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Jeffrey S. Campbell


http://www.maineshomeinspector.com

Originally Posted By: mcyr
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Hi. hope you are doing well.


The M x-90 depicted looks like the hardboard siding manufactured by the Masonite Corp. in the early 1970’s. It does not appear to me as being the color-lok siding version, due the picture does not show the metal divider at the butt joint. If my memory serves me right, one source of the masonite siding was primed and faced nailed. The other version was the color-lok that had concealed nailing with a plastic retainer at the bottom of the siding. The problem with the product, and I am always amazed to see it still in existence, is that the paint would fade and crack drastically at the bottom of the siding.


I installed this product on my own house in 1972, and the finish failed in the first two years. Masonite Corporation then paid for the paint to re-paint the product. two years later the warranty of such did not exist.


I believe there was a lawsuit to this regards.

Hope this helps.


Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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It’s Masonite:


Masonite siding has been the subject of a class action law suit against the manufacturer. A class action settlement has been reached. The Settlement provides a seven (7) year/ten (10) year claims program. If
you own Masonite Hardboard Siding installed and incorporated into a home or
other structure between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1989, you must
file your claim(s) under the Seven Year Program by January 15, 2005. If you
own Masonite Hardboard Siding installed and incorporated into a home or
other structure between January 1, 1990 and January 15, 1998, you have ten
years, until January 15, 2008 within which to file your claim(s). Once the
Settlement expires, the remainder of Masonite's warranty, if any will remain
in effect, and you may be entitled to receive compensation for siding that
fails under the terms of Masonite's warranty program separate and apart from
this Settlement. Current information is available by calling the Independent Claims Administrator at 1-800-330-2722, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time. This information is available on the Internet at: http://www.masoniteclaims.com.


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Erby Crofutt
B4U Close Home Inspections
Georgetown, Kentucky

www.b4uclose.com

Originally Posted By: dbowers
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You have a composition siding in contact with the soil. It should have 6"-8" clearance. This helps prevent moisture damage and makes it harder for pests like termites to gain entry. This condition should be corrected.


Some brands of composition type siding have had an early failure history and have been involved in class action lawsuits or settlements. In my opinion, the siding on this building appears to be the Masonite Brand. If so, some of the Masonite Sidings have been involved in these actions. If this is of interest or concern to YOU, WE recommend that you research this on the internet or by calling a Masonite Distributor for more info.


Originally Posted By: jcampbell
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Thanks guys… I had not seen this stuff installed and wanted to be sure what I was looking at…


Funny thing... the house siding was fine... better than 6" above grade... but the garage was actually below grade in some areas...

A realtor was the seller... he bought to flip it... and he replaces the lower pieces of the siding because it had rotted away... hmmmmmm ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)

Instead of fixing the problem, he just continued onward... but client is clear on the condition as we discussed at the job. I will however, send him the additional info you guys provided.

Thanks again...

This is what this board it for... not the constant bickering and fighting that goes on.... sharing and obtaining valuable information....!!!!!


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Jeffrey S. Campbell
http://www.maineshomeinspector.com

Originally Posted By: gbeaumont
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Hi to all,


Here's another ink for information about composite siding products, this is from David Cohen who taught for us at the convention.

www.sidingsolutions.com

Here is his page that helps identify which siding product you are looking at:

http://www.sidingsolutions.com/pages/sidingid.htm

Regards

Gerry


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Gerry Beaumont
NACHI Education Committee
e-mail : education@nachi.org
NACHI phone 484-429-5466

Inspection Depot Education
gbeaumont@inspectiondepot.com

"Education is a journey, not a destination"

Originally Posted By: pdickerson
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I bought Siding Solutions “The Siding Book”, and I am pleased to have it in my library. It has been very helpful in identifying the different types of composite siding. I recommend it.