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Abatibi Price® Hardboard siding failures & class action settlement information:
Abitibi™ (Abitibi-Price) siding was the subject of a class action suit associated with siding product failures.
This building siding material is a hardboard siding wood product that deteriorates when exposed to weather, de-laminating and swelling. Repair of other than the most trivial damage of Abatibi hardboard siding is not feasible and siding replacement is generally in order.
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Abatibi Price™ hardboard siding is similar to products sold by Masonite Corp., Boise Cascade, and Georgia Pacific Corp,all of which experience failures of delamination, swelling, softening, and general deterioration when exposed to water and weather.
Also see our discussion at TRIM, EXTERIOR CHOICES, INSTALLATION
Our own field observations show that the siding material deteriorates fastest and most severely where:
How to Identify ABITIBI or other Hardboard Siding Products
Watch out: several hardboard siding products look alot alike from their exterior side, especially smooth products without a distinctive embossed pattern. To reliably identify the brand and manufacture date of a siding product you'll need historical data, bills and receipts, or you'll need to examine the reverse side of the siding for identifying markings such as those shown below at ABITIBI Siding Product Identification - Stamps & Markings.
Also see ABITIBI® Siding Back Codes below for help in dating the materials.
Attorney contact information for siding failures class action lawsuit
The law firm handling the case is Ezell & Sharbrough, P.O. 996, Mobile, AL 36601-0996 Phone: (334) 432-5297
If you have additional product failure examples you are welcome to contact us to provide additional field photos or information that may assist others in identifying and repairing siding failures.
ABTCO®/ABITIBI Abiti-Price Hardboard Siding Customer Support Information - Product Identification & Claims Information
Quoting from ABTCO/ABITIBI
Final ABITIBI Court Order Text
Readers wishing to read the 25 May 2000 final court order involving this case can see Thomas A. Fostger and Linda E. Foster, et al., v. ABTco, Inc. ABT Building Products Corp., ABITIBI-PRICE, Inc., and ABITIBI-PRICE Corp. Civil Action No. CV95-151-M entered in the Circuit Court of Choctaw County, Alabama - [large slow loading PDF file]
Below are images provided by ABTCO® to assist in identifying ABITBI building siding by noting the stamped or dot-matrix printed markings on the back side of the materials. Also see ABITIBI® Siding Back Codes below for help in dating the materials. Enlarged versions of these images can be seen by clicking on our copies below,
Enlarged versions of these images can be seen also by visiting the ABTCO/ABTIBI website.
Old Code Letter to represent the month -2 digit for the day -(in 70's,
Abatibi-Price Siding Class Action Status
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