Not all fiber cement sidings are created equal. At Bellwether, we do recommend fiber cement siding for Colorado homes because of its supreme resistance to weather and even fire. However, not just any fiber cement siding will do. As a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, this is the high-quality fiber cement siding product that we recommend. Other fiber cement siding products do not live up to the qualifications or the guarantees associated with James Hardie fiber cement siding.
In particular, one such fiber cement siding product, CertainTeed, was involved in a class-action lawsuit due to quick cracking and failure. Though labeled as fiber cement siding, CertainTeed didn’t exhibit the strong, long-lasting qualities that are the reason we recommend the James Hardie fiber cement siding product. Now, homeowners who installed CertainTeed fiber cement siding on their homes are taking action to get it replaced.
While the deadline for the class action lawsuit has passed, Bellwether will still work with homeowners needing to quickly replace their CertainTeed siding with a better product like James Hardie fiber cement siding.
Not sure if you have CertainTeed siding on your home? If you notice damaged and cracking boards, there are a couple of quick checks to determine if it is CertainTeed siding. First, look for the product control and identification numbers found on the reverse side of the siding. Furthermore, the CertainTeed WeatherBoards have a unique fingerprint in the wood grain that can help identify the affected siding. Our Bellwether assessment and design teams can assist in reviewing your siding type.
Even if the damage appears minimal, you do need to take action to replace it. The cracking CertainTeed fiber cement siding was manufactured with fly ash and has become very brittle over the years. As stated in the class action settlement is that if 5% of the wall has been damaged the homeowner was entitled to having the whole wall replaced. Trying to replace the siding board-by-board only runs the risk of breaking boards and creating further damage. Plus, what appears to be a small problem now could quickly expand into a much larger issue, with the damage increasing as your house continues to settle and weather in the Colorado climate.
Though the settlement deadline has passed, Bellwether is knowledgeable about fiber cement siding products. Our teams can work with homeowners on any budget plan. We can identify your damaged CertainTeed siding and the design team can recommend a new suitable, durable option that will restore your home’s beauty and protect it for years to come.
We will still advise Colorado homeowners to choose a fiber cement siding product. Bellwether recommends James Hardie fiber cement siding because of the superior material quality and because the warranty guarantees to protect homeowners against issues like the CertainTeed class-action lawsuit. James Hardie and Bellwether adhere to the highest industry standards, and we strive to take care of our customers through open and honest communication, high-quality work, and product standards and installation best practices that will last a lifetime.