fiber cement siding.....cracks and splits?
Dh and I had a home built starting last August and we moved in this March. Per agreement in our contract we decided to do the painting of the house ourselves since it was too cold during the winter anyway. As we started to paint a couple months ago we noticed that some of the siding boards, mostly in the corners, were cracking or spliting. It seems that most of the boards that are cracking are on the south, garage side wall and the back master bedroom wall. There is no cracking on the back porch wall or front porch wall. There are 2 boards on the north facing wall that have a couple cracks and that's it. The builder looked it over; said he has been using this type of siding for over ten years and never had a problem. He went to the building supply place where he purchased it and they put him in touch with the siding company. They sent an independent inspection service to make a report and today we got a letter(from the siding co.) saying the cause was, "nails driven below the panel surface and directional nailing." The builder insists that he has always followed the instructions for installing the siding. Has anyone had this problem before? The siding co. said they would allow us $525 just as a "goodwill gesture".
Not too sure how these boards will be taken off without disturbing the good ones. What all ye think about this?
Thanks for reading!!!