Masonite is a hard, durable wood product with a smooth surface. It is used for many purposes, but one use was as a construction material. Homes that were built in the 1980's or 1990's (or renovated in that time period) may have problems with their Masonite siding.
At first glance, it seems like Masonite would be an ideal type of wood siding—hard, strong, and environmentally friendly. However, Masonite siding can be vulnerable to a variety of problems that might lead a homeowner to make Masonite claims of damages from Masonite manufacturers. Masonite can buckle, split, or be vulnerable to fungal growths that soften the boards. It is especially susceptible to water damage. If you would like to know if you are eligible for Masonite claims and you want to find a lawyer, it is a good idea to arm yourself with facts first. Examine your Masonite to see if it has any buckling, softness, or splitting which may make you eligible to collect on a settlement from Masonite claims. Consider taking a picture of the damage to show your point, and consider having a home inspector make an official report about your Masonite damage.
If you replace your siding, you may not be able to collect on Masonite claims, so check with your lawyer first to make sure that fixing the problem won't lose you money in the long run. Damages from Masonite claims vary considerably, so get legal advice before taking action.
If possible, try to determine which company manufactured your Masonite, since many companies have settled Masonite claims from class action lawsuits. You can look at the back of exposed boards for a stamp or pattern indicating which company is responsible for your damaged Masonite siding. Alternatively, you can check with the original builder to see what brand of Masonite was used and go from there. It's a good idea to have as much information as possible before attempting to collect Masonite claims damages.