In order to submit a claim in regards to the Masonite Class Action lawsuit a Class Member must complete certain steps. The first step to make a claim for part of the Masonite Settlement is to fill out the Claim Form and follow procedures for damage that has not been repaired and correct product identification. To show that it is in fact Masonite Hardboard Siding a person or business submitting a claim form must submit a 6”x6” sample of hardboard siding, proof of communication with Masonite, a $100 deposit which will be refunded if an Inspector deems the siding is Masonite, an invoice warranty from Masonite or a photograph of said siding with Masonite stamp on it.
Step two for having a Masonite Settlement claim verified is to have an Inspector come out to your home to verify you have compensable damage. The Independent Inspector will come to your home to perform an independent objective inspection. The Inspector is not going to discuss your claim but instead going to forward your claim directly to the Independent Claims Administrator. The Independent Claims Inspector will then determine the size of your Masonite settlement based on the Compensation Formula.
Under the Masonite Settlement an eligible Class Member may make a claim for Un-Reimbursed Expenditures associated with Masonite Hardboard Siding. To make a claim for this section of the Masonite Settlement you must fill out a claims form, provide proof that the siding in question is Masonite Hardboard Siding, proof the siding was damaged, and the damaged was repaired without knowledge of the Masonite Class Action lawsuit and the cost of the repair. For proof of this part of the Masonite Settlement you must show photos of the damaged Masonite Hardboard Siding and documents such as bills or an invoice verifying it was Masonite Hardboard Siding.
When you are clarifying Damage under the Masonite settlement there are several things to look for. Masonite damage would result in swell in the siding exceeding tolerance percentage, fungal degradation resulting in soft boards which when pressed by your thumb a hole is created, fiber bundles, cracking of Colorlock finish, surface welting around nail heads. Damage under the Masonite settlement is not conditions that require routine painting, damage resulting from any natural disaster or other similar event.
There may be exceptions to Damage under the Masonite settlement if the framing has been misaligned, a sprinkler has sprayed the Masonite, missing nail studs, improper roof or wall flashing or by the failure of a chimney cricket to extend to the edge of the chimney. An Independent Inspector is the one who will determine if the damage to your Masonite Hardboard Siding fits within the parameters of the Masonite settlement.
The final two steps under the Masonite settlement claims portion of the Masonite Class Action lawsuit state that you are not limited to a single claim and that you have a seven/ten year window to file a claim in. If you purchased Masonite Hardboard Siding between 1980 and 1989 then you have until January 15, 2005 to make a claim. If you purchased Masonite Hardboard Siding between 1990 and 1998 then you have until January 15, 2008 to make a claim. If you want to take part in the Masonite settlement but you have passed the expired claim times then you must solely refer to your Masonite Hardboard Siding warranty.