When you’re ready to re-side your home, there are many factors to consider when selecting siding—from both a durability and aesthetic standpoint. With the level of investment that goes into upgrading your home’s siding, we’ve outlined three key product attributes to look for.
Siding Warranty: To ensure your investment is protected for the long term, look for a comprehensive, flexible warranty that covers labor and material replacement as well as hail damage. For example, LP® SmartSide® products offer an industry-leading, transferable 5/50-Year Limited Warranty that includes: a 50-year prorated limited warranty with a 5-year 100% labor and materials replacement warranty, and hail coverage for up to 1.75 inches.
Versatility: Mixing and matching materials is all the rage these days, which is why siding versatility is essential to a successful re-side. Choose siding that comes in different lengths to meet your specific aesthetic needs. While most lap siding comes in 12-foot lengths, LP® SmartSide® Vertical Siding comes in 16-inch by 16-foot lengths—allowing for fewer seams with fewer caulked joints.
Different types of finishes and materials can also add that special something to your home. For example, you can combine siding with stone or brick to enhance smooth or cedar-texture siding.
Longevity. In addition to LP SmartSide offering superior protection against the elements, buying from well-established, longtime brands helps ensure the company will be around for the long haul and can provide prompt support in the event of a warranty claim. For example, LP Building Solutions has been in business since 1973 and its LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products have been on the market since 1997.
You can also gauge reputation by looking for professional point-of-views on products. LP has case studies and testimonials from builders and remodelers on their website. They have also worked with reputable contractors, like Kyle Stumpenhorst of Rural Renovators, who proudly stand behind LP SmartSide products.
If you live or are looking to build a home in an area that’s vulnerable to seasonal hurricanes—Florida, the Gulf Coast or the Eastern Seaboard—your home’s ability to stand up to inclement weather should be a top concern, alongside wind damage to your siding.Continue Reading
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