Maibec, Inc., a Canadian company, is a major manufacturer of wood shingles whose products have been installed in the United States in homes, businesses and other structures. Throughout the United States, purchasers are claiming that alleged design flaws cause the shingles to deteriorate, including cracking, warping, peeling and curling, during the warranty period.
Maibec, Inc., allegedly is aware of the problems, but continues to sell the products and does not honor its warranty guarantees.
If you’re having problems with Maibec products or if Maibec has refused to honor a warranty, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).
TREMCO ROOFING SYSTEMS
Tremco, Inc., a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc., is a roofing and construction products company that sells a variety of construction materials, including sealants and adhesives, caulks, glazings, gaskets, waterproofing systems, concrete admixtures and sealers, grouts and mortars.
The federal government recently settled a case with Tremco and RPM, allowing the government to recover damages and civil penalties arising from false or fraudulent statements, records and claims. The government alleged that Tremco failed to provide it with price discounts given to non-federal government customers and that the company marketed expensive materials to government purchasers without disclosing the availability of the same generic materials at lower cost.
Charges are that Tremco’s Burmastic 200, 400 and 500 roof systems contain defective products, and that products used in Tremco roofs become defective if exposed to cycles of freezing and thawing.
Tremco was aware that repairs it was making to its defective roofing material were inadequate to stop leaks, according to internal communications, yet the company continued to sell the materials.
If you have purchased a Tremco roof system and are experiencing problems or you are experiencing problems with your roof but not certain whom it was manufactured by, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).
MI Windows and Doors, with its headquarters in Pennsylvania, is one of the nation's largest suppliers of vinyl, aluminum and composite windows and doors, with plants across the country. Throughout the United States, property owners are filing complaints against MI Windows in regard to defects in their 8500 and 3500 Series Windows.
Homes throughout the country with these windows installed are experiencing similar significant water intrusion through the windows, leading to water damage to the window and to the building materials, floors and carpets adjacent to the window.
A design and manufacturing defect has been alleged against MI Windows. Several expert tests and observations have concluded the windows are poorly designed and manufactured, which permits water to enter through the windows assembly during normal rain events. Many property owners have been forced to make costly repairs to their homes and/or replace the defective windows at a great expense to themselves. Water intrusion into a home may lead to rotting, mold growth and significant damage to the underlying structure of a home.
If you're having problems with your MI Windows, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).
Gentek Building Products, Inc., is a Delaware Corporation that manufactures vinyl, aluminum and steel siding as well as windows and doors.
It has been alleged that Gentek steel and aluminum siding was produced with a defect that makes it inclined to chip, crack, break, peel and/or fade prematurely. Such defects can be expensive to repair and reduce the value of a home significantly.
Additionally, numerous individuals who have experienced problems with their Gentek Siding have alleged that Gentek has failed to honor the terms of their warranty, and refused to repair, replace or refinish their defective siding.
If you have purchased Gentek Siding are experiencing any of these problems or you are experiencing problems with your siding but not certain whom it was manufactured by, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).
GAF TIMBERLINE SHINGLES
GAF is North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing. Headquartered in New Jersey, GAF is a heavyweight in the industry with over 3 billion dollars in sales.
Property owners in several states have recently filed class action lawsuits against GAF alleging their Timberline Shingles prematurely cracked and failed to perform as expected. Replacement of such shingles can mean significant cost to a property owner, and if left unrepaired, could damage the underlying structure of a home.
GAF Timberline Shingles are asphalt shingles that use a fiberglass material as a base. The shingles were marketed as 30 and 40 year shingles, and are currently produced at several locations throughout the United States, where a different production process is employed by GAF at each location.
The current lawsuits against GAF allege that GAF marketed their shingles as meeting national standards even though they did not meet such standards, that GAF management concealed this and the shingles degrade and crack prematurely. Any property owner who owns a home with GAF Timberline Shingles and has experienced any of the above problems may be able to recover damages or receive replacement shingles from GAF.
If you have purchased GAF Timberline Shingles, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).
LOUISIANA-PACIFIC AND GEORGIA-PACIFIC TRIMBOARD
Louisiana-Pacific is a building materials manufacturer based in Nashville, Tennessee, with mills in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Chile. Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. Georgia-Pacific has more than 40,000 employees at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe
Recently, both Louisiana-Pacific and Georgia-Pacific have found their trimboard products under increasing scrutiny from aggrieved property owners. It has been alleged that Louisiana Pacific, or ABT Building Products, Trimboard is prone to water absorption, causing it to warp, rot, delaminate, be susceptible to insect infestation or even sprout mushrooms or other fungus over time. Such issues may possibly lead to structural damage.
Louisiana-Pacific Trimboard, also known as ProTrim and ChoiceTrim, is sold as trim, soffit, fascia, lattice, fencing, handrails, vents, risers and stringers. These fiberboard products are made from a mixture of wood scrap and resin, and have a paper surface that may be smooth or embossed to look like cedar.
Like the products described above, Georgia-Pacific’s PrimeTrim Trimboard product has been alleged to fail prematurely, causing the Trimboard to rot, swell, buckle, split, delaminate and absorb water. Such Trimboard is used as fascia, soffit, corner board, window trim, door trim and general exterior use on homes, apartments, condominiums, buildings, and other structures.
In its promotional materials, Georgia-Pacific made a number of claims regarding the durability, efficacy and functionality of PrimeTrim. Though the product was touted in the literature, such claims by Georgia-Pacific are being directly challenged by property owners.
In essence, PrimeTrim and Trimboard are repackaged versions of Hardboard siding which was also the subject of various lawsuits several years ago. Similarly to the Hardboard siding problems, when PrimeTrim or Trimboard are exposed to water, water typically runs down the boards and is sucked up on the ends and edges like a sponge. Over time, by allowing the water to be sucked into the ends and edges, the PrimeTrim and Trimboard begins to swell and eventually rot.
If you have experienced problems with your Louisiana-Pacific or Georgia-PacificTrimboard, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).
FlamedXX OSB is manufactured by FlamedXX, a Nashville, Tennessee-based wood product development and distribution company.
FlamedXX OSB is a coated plywood that is intended to slow the spread of fire in a home or other building. It is marketed as an alternative to fire retardant plywood and other non-combustible materials, and can be found as roof sheathing, wall sheathing, sub flooring, single layer flooring, paneling and other interior applications where fire protection is desired or called for by designers or applicable codes. Recently, several lawsuits have been filed challenging both the safety and efficacy of the product.
Property owners throughout the United States are alleging FlamedXX breached their warranties and engaged in deceptive business practices. Despite the company's holding the product out as code compliant, FlamedXX OSB has not been approved for use as an alternative to fire retardant pressure-treated wood. Not only can removal of such a product be very expensive, but having FlamedXX OSB in one’s residence may present a safety risk that should be addressed.
If you believe your home may contain FlamedXX OSB, give us a call, toll-free, at 1-855-WBM-ATTY (1-855-926-2889).