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composite siding recallWhat’s the problem with composite siding? Many types of composite siding will become defective or deteriorate prematurely due to lack of or poor maintenance just like real wood. Composite siding is also known to develop problems due to manufacture defects, which have resulted in many class action lawsuits, some of which are ongoing or coming soon.

Composite siding is man-made boards manufactured for use as exterior siding, made from various combinations of wood fibers, fillers, binders and glue. These mixtures are heated and compressed into composite wood products. There are many types of composite siding which can be divided into a few main groups. Some are large panels similar to sheets of plywood and some are similar to individual clapboards.

Types of composite siding

  • Cement board is a product with Portland Cement added to the wood mixture
  • Hardboard is made from a wood pulp mixture
  • Fiber board is product made with sawdust
  • Oriented Strand board (OSB) is common name for product made from shredded wood mixture
  • When used as siding an embossed over-lament is often added to simulate the look of wood

Composite Siding Recall Information

The following Recall Information is provided for informational purposes only. Some of it is outdated, several or more years old, but the recommendations for taking action remains mostly relevant. This is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive list of recalls or recommendations for action, but to make you aware of some of the problems associated with some of the hardboard, cement board and composite siding materials you may have on your house.

Help Prevent Problems With Good Maintenance

Most composite siding issues can be avoided or greatly reduced with regular maintenance practices as in keep the siding well sealed with some type of weather or moisture resistant coating, most of which will also protect against the harmful UV rays from the sun. The extent of the known problems and warranty issues with composite siding, should help make you aware of the importance of proper maintenance which can greatly help to prevent expensive repairs and or needed replacement. There are some common issues with composite siding most of which deal with deterioration when exposed to moisture and some dealing with shrinkage of material leaving unsightly and destructive gaps at butt joints. There are some excellent, long lasting composite siding materials that have many advantages over other siding types “if” they are properly maintained.

If Your Siding Is Bad, What Can You Do?

1. File a Warranty Claim

To file a warranty claim you must first know a few things, most importantly what the product is and then contact the manufacturer for how to file a warranty claim. Then filing a claim depends greatly upon how old the siding is and what additional information you have about the siding. I’ve listed some important information that may be needed to file a claim.

  • What is the siding product(s) name and manufacturer company name? Without this information, if it can not be verified, you have no way forward. Many of the siding products are almost identical.
  • Age of siding, date of purchase / date of installation.
  • Proof of sale / Receipt for sale or installation of siding product.
  • Who sold the product? If you had a problem most likely others also had the same problem and the distributer of the siding product may be able to help with the recall or warranty process.
  • Who installed the product? Likewise the installation contractor may have already been down the warranty claim process with other clients and could be of great help in this process.
  • When was the product installed?
  • Was the product properly installed? The siding may need to be inspected to determine if it was a manufacturer’s defect or damage issue related to improper installation.
  • Has the product been maintained as per product requirements? Improper maintenance is one of the most likely causes of damage to to composite siding. In most cases it is imperative that a weather proof, i.e. waterproof protective coating be maintained to prevent water penetration into the siding material which causes swelling and deterioration. Not only paint or stain or sealer on the siding face but every butt joint and end joint need to be sealed watertight with proper caulking.

2. Repair where needed and maintain to prevent further damage.

As mentioned above improper maintenance and improper installation are often the primary cause of problems with composite siding. Improper installation issues are primarily due to the siding not being properly sealed at time of installation – such as improper caulking, not sealing the cut ends of siding, in some cases not sealing the back of the siding. Depending on the age of siding in most cases by time a problem is discovered there may not be much you can do.

What type of siding do you have?

If at all possible try to find out what the name brand of your siding material and any warranty information. This can help with valuable information for repair, maintenance and replacement information on your specific siding material. Material warranty, or recall may still be in effect if a claim is needed. The following information is an overview of the issues currently associated with various composite siding and exterior cladding manufacturers.

Composite Siding Recall Information

UPDATE – Please Note: This post is several years old and some of the information below may be out of date at the time you are reading this now, the information is from other sources I’ve gathered from online, so I have not verified all the information.


The Class Action Settlement ended on December 31, 2002. Claims should be directed to L-P’s product warranty department. Call 1-877-677-6722 for LP Siding installed before January 1996
Call 1-800-450-6106 for LP installed after January 1996, Includes Smart System Products

ALso: L-P Customer Support: 1-800-648-6893 Warranty and Technical Information
for Warranty Info press 1 / Tech Info press 2

 Weyerhaeuser Hardboard Siding:

Claims information can be found at

Masonite Hardboard Siding

Claims information can be found at

Masonite Omniwood Siding:

Claims information can be found at

Boise-Cascade Hardboard Siding:

Need to submit a claim to Boise Cascade? Mail your claim to: Boise Cascade Corporation, Timber & Wood Products Division, P.O. Box 62, Boise, ID 83707, Attn: Tana Rasmussen; phone: 208/384-6162; Include six photographs, one of each side of your house from a distance and two close-ups that will clearly show the problems you are experiencing. c/o Tana Rasmussen.

Georgia-Pacific Company: Hardboard Siding:

This case settled a national class action, but the time period for participating has expired. The last date for filing claims under the settlement was August 18, 1998.

Stimson Brand Hardboard Siding (Forestex):

This company no longer manufactures or markets lap siding. They continue to produce a hardboard panel surfaced with tempered hardboard marketed as Duratemp. Need to submit a claim to Stimson? Mail your claim to 520 S.W. Yamhill, Suite 325, Portland, Oregon, 97204-1319; Remember to send a few photos of your siding with your claim letter.

ABTCO Hardboard Siding

Claims information can be found at

Smurfit Paper Company a subsidiary of The Jefferson Smurfit Corporation: Cladwood hardboard siding

This product has been out of production for a few years but damaged products continue to surface. A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit concerning a siding product known as Cladwood. The settlement would provide compensation to persons who have incurred property damage resulting from failure of Cladwood siding installed on their homes or buildings. For claims call 1-888-572-3897, or visit their website at

Shakertown panel

Panels manufactured before 1992 have been reported have problems with the way that they were processed.. There have been some complaints of the cedar shingles separating from their plywood backing. Poor installation techniques appear to be a major contributor to this problem. This product has been improved and seems to be exhibiting fewer problems.

Fiber-cement Products:

Fiber-cement siding manufactured by James-Hardie Company (Hardi-Plank, Hardi-Panel, and Hardi-Home) have gained product recognition and an increasing market share.

Wolverine Dura-Press

This product has been renamed Weatherboard and is being marketed under the Certainteed family of products.

Additional Fiber-Cement Products

Maxi-Plank, and Maxi-Panel, Cemplank, and FortaFiber are some of the other participants in this market. Maxi Plank and Panels have been failing in an ever-growing number of homes and is likely to be the subject of a class action lawsuit.

Hope this info helps, if you have had any experience with siding recall I would appreciate your comments below.