A class action lawsuit has been filed against CertainTeed Corporation over claims that its Horizon asphalt fiberglass shingles have defects that cause cracking, curling, and premature deterioration.
Kim Segebarth says these defects result in water intrusion and cause damage to his property.
In addition, he says CertainTeed made false representations and warranties about their shingles as typical warranties run for more than 20 years.
The plaintiff claims that he purchased a newly constructed home in 2008 and defendant’s shingles were used. He argues that he first became aware of the defects when he received a letter from the developer of the community where his home was built.
The developer explained to him that one of the homes in the community was having problems with the shingles on their house, the plaintiff claims. The letter informed the plaintiff that the shingles were losing granules and experiencing cracking.
In the summer of 2017, the plaintiff says he had his roof inspected by two different roofing inspectors and was told that his roof contained CertainTeed Horizon shingles which were losing granules, experiencing cracks, and prematurely wearing.
Segebarth was told that he would have to replace the roof on his house and that the cost would be more than $7,500.
“Mr. Segebarth was not aware that the CertainTeed Horizon shingles on his roof were losing granules and cracking until he received the results of the inspections in late July or early August 2017,” the CertainTeed class action lawsuit claims.
The plaintiff claims that his shingles continue to deteriorate and lose granules. In addition, the shingles continue to crack and are putting his home at risk of further damage.
The CertainTeed class action lawsuit claims that the defendant’s shingles were all made with a fiberglass base mat coated with asphalt surface granules.
“Defendant has represented and continues to represent to customers that its shingles are premium quality, high performing products,” the CertainTeed class action lawsuit alleges.
In addition, the defendant states in advertising and marketing that its shingles have been tested and meet the required industry standards.
The CertainTeed class action lawsuit states that the defendant “knowingly and intentionally concealed, and failed to disclose that…its shingles routinely deteriorate by cracking, curling, fishmouthing, leaking, and granulating far in advance of the expiration of their purported warranty periods.”
The plaintiff claims that CertainTeed had no intention of providing the services that they set forth in their warranties. Additionally, the homeowner says the defendant knew about these deficiencies for many years as they have been notified numerous times by their customers that its shingles were not functioning as advertised.
In fact, Top Class Actions covered a CertainTeed shingle class action settlement that was reached 10 years ago that resolved very similar claims with homeowners.
Under that settlement, both U.S. and Canadian consumers could receive up to $74 for every 100 square feet that showed damages of cracking, blistering, cold weather curling and other signs of premature deterioration.
The shingles covered by the 2009 CertainTeed class action settlement included Organic Roofing Shingles that were manufactured between July 1, 1987 through 2005
Now a decade later, homeowners in this current class action lawsuit claim CertainTeed ignored customers complaints and concerns and has failed to implement changes to rectify the defects.
Segebarth says he would not have purchased these shingles for his home had the defendant not withheld vital information about the reliability and performance of the products.
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The plaintiff is represented by Charles E. Schaffer of Levin Sedran & Berman LLP, Charles J. LaDuca of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca LLP and Michael A. McShane, Clinton Woods, and Ling Y. Kuang of Audet & Partners LLP.
The CertainTeed Defective Shingles Class Action Lawsuit is Kim Segebarth v. CertainTeed Corporation, Case No. 2:19-cv-05500, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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