Boise Cascade™ hardboard siding is similar to products sold by Masonite Corp., Abatibi-Price, and Georgia Pacific
Corp, both of which experience failures of delamination, swelling, softening,
and general deterioration when exposed to water and weather.
Common Causes of Boise Cascade™ and other Hardboard Building Siding Failures
Our own field observations show that the siding material deteriorates fastest and most severely where:
The Boise Cascade™ hardboard siding (and similar products) has not been kept perfectly sealed and coated against water intrusion
The Boise Cascade™ hardboard siding has been damaged by cuts, nicks, or by counter-sunk siding nails that penetrated its top skin and were not kept perfectly sealed
The Boise Cascade™ hardboard siding has been exposed to high amounts of rain (weather side of buildings), or where it is exposed to roof spillage splash-up against siding, for example where building gutters and leaders are not installed or are not properly maintained
The end butt-joints of the Boise Cascade™ siding were not kept sealed where exposed to weather
Water penetrates the Boise Cascade™ siding and building wall at poorly-flashed or poorly-installed windows, doors, or other wall penetrations
We have photographs and material samples on-hand and solicit field reports and photographs to add to Abatibi siding identification, maintenance, repair, replacement, and class action information at this website.
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Boise-Cascade Siding Claims or Class Action Status
No class action is pending at a U.S. national level. State level class actions may be underway.
Contact Boise-Cascade with warranty questions: 1-208-384-6161 Website: http://www.bc.com
Reader Question: Common Causes of Boise Cascade siding defect
(Apr 22, 2014) Common Causes of Boise Cascade siding defects said:
I am trying to determine if the defects with Boise Cascade siding is the Boise Cascade now known as BMC of Boise, Idaho. Can you tell me if it is nor not?
Yes Common Causes,
Back in 1987 BMC West formed with acquisition of 20 building materials centers from Boise Cascade Corporation. - buildwithbmc.com retrieved 2/23/2014
Contacting the company may be a bit tricky. Your easy-to-find options are an online web-comment form that shows no corporate address, or an eleven page list of BMC locations listed by area and product line.
However a more persistent search digs up the following:
Boise Cascade Company
1111 West Jefferson Street Ste 300
Boise, ID 83702-5389
P.O. Box 50
Boise, ID 83728
Boise Cascade Brand
Reader Question: my Boise Cascade hardboard siding is in bad shape, how do I get results? Ray Ellison Home.
(June 23, 2014) David Coolbaugh said:
The siding on the house I had built in 1992 is in bad shape. I need it completely replaced on 3 sides. The front is brick. How do I get results?
I live in San Antonio Texas. My neighbor just gave up and had his house re sided with hardi plank. I think my house should last longer than this. I paid good money for my home. This is wrong. Please contact me. This was a Ray Ellison home. 210-521-2665. Or contact my wife on her cell...Cheryl Coolbaugh 210-535-4680.
Contact the company at the contact points we've given just above. Let us know what happens: what you learn will help other readers.
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I called it cardboard siding, you touched it and it fell apart finally I just covered it up with final siding.....now I know it should have been taken off - room was added in1980 siding came from carter lumber - room had even been kept painted - just rain and snow just ate that @!X@@#.
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Re-Posted John's comment without the naughty word and without his promotional phone
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