Composite Decking Lawsuits & Recalls

June 8th, 2010

You can find information on composite decking lawsuits and recalls here:

Company notices:

  1. Composite Decking company recall information
  2. Lawsuit complaint #1
  3. Home Inspector reviews details of a problems with lawsuit details

When you peel off the hype surrounding composite decking products you will find numerous recalls and lawsuits on many popular brands.

Some of the reasons for these recalls are:

  • Delamination
  • Rapid decay
  • Overheating
  • Discoloration
  • Splintering
  • Injury

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at 12:44 pm and is filed under Composite Decking. There are 2 Responses to “Composite Decking Lawsuits & Recalls” :
Dennis Calton Says:

2006 I installed a composite deck for my costomer,about 600 sq ft. It is totaly delaminating and my costomer has fallen through twice.not shure who the manufacture is.What do I do. inlandcw@live.com

admin Says:

You should figure out where you purchased the material and what manufacturer it was that they sold you once you figure that out you can determine if it was one of the manufacturers that had a class action law suit or a mandated recall. If you are lucky enough to have on of the many brands with a recall or class action lawsuit they should issue you replacement boards but you will more than likely have similar problems down the road again and they will not compensate you for labor.

If it’s a cheap no name brand odds are the company is out of business or they have purposely closed their doors and opened a new company so they don’t have to deal with all the warranty claims. If this is the case you and the homeowner are more than likely SOL.

If it’s a company that is still around and has a warranty good luck fighting with them for the warranty claim. The warranties issued by these companies were drafted by attorneys that specialize in writing warranties for manufacturing companies and they are written to focus more on protecting the company rather than the consumer. They will try to blame you the contractor and say you installed the decking with inadequate spacing, ventilation or drainage and that’s what caused the problem. Sometimes they try to blame leaking gutters, trees over the deck or other site conditions which really have nothing to do with your deterioration issues.

I would try to get a refund check from the manufacturer and use a material that’s proven to last like Ipe Decking, but good luck trying to get money out of the manufacturer. Go to Google images and do a search for “composite decking problems” you will see plenty of problems of which the biggest problem is mold that grows extremely fast making more maintenance then you would ever have to do even with an old pressure treated wood deck. I highly doubt you would want to risk putting your customers through another experimental composite decking material especially since you will more than likely be doing the labor for free.

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