We are utilizing a contractor to repair some rotted Masonite siding on our house. He just installed roughly 8 sheets of new siding (Masonite equivalent/match from Lowe's) and every piece has a slight tear/crack at the bottom right-hand corner (not very deep at all but they all penetrate the outside material). Rough picture attached. When I asked the contractor about it and that we wanted these replaced, he said this is normal and was caused by the band holding the stack of siding together and happens all the time. He indicated when they prep/caulk prior to painting, there will be no risk of future water damage. He did agree to replace two of the eight sheets as these were slightly indented more than the others but said the others were completely fine. He said he would warrant the others for 10 years.
Does it sound reasonable that a tear to the outside material poses no additional risk given that we are paying for NEW replacement siding?
Thanks for any feedback to see if we are being unreasonable in our request to replace it all.