Do you currently use fiber cement for your siding projects? We know that old habits can be hard to break. However, by not learning about all your siding options, you may be making your installation projects more difficult than they need to be. Let’s take a closer look at why you should consider making the switch to LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding.
One of the great advantages of working with LP SmartSide products is the easier installation. It cuts just like traditional wood, using only a few standard woodworking tools: a circular saw or miter saw, a nail gun or drill, and primer, sealant and paint. Fiber cement siding, meanwhile, is more difficult to cut than wood. You need to supply expensive tools for your crew including pneumatic shears, a dust-reducing circular saw and a diamond-tipped miter saw.
Because fiber cement siding is made of brittle ingredients, it can easily break and crack, as well as shrink when exposed to moisture and temperature changes. Fiber cement is heavy and requires two people when handling to avoid breakage. LP SmartSide engineered wood contains advanced binders and resins instead of cement, making it lighter than fiber cement siding and much easier to handle on the jobsite. It will not crack and break when carried or moved, so it can be transported on the jobsite by just one worker.
Fiber cement planks are limited to 12-foot lengths, while LP SmartSide siding comes in 16-foot lengths. This makes engineered wood faster and easier to install by allowing workers to cover more with one plank, and may have fewer joints and seams to finish.
If you are a siding contractor, we’re confident you will love the outstanding workability of our LP SmartSide products. In addition, we offer many ideas for siding and trim color combinations for your projects using the LP SmartSide Visualizer. To learn more or to purchase LP products, find dealers near you.
Sustainability Solutions8 min
In our pursuit of sustainable and environmentally friendly products, we completed five LCAs and EPDs for our LP® Structural Solutions portfolio. Along with LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, these EPDs demonstrate the carbon negativity of our products. That means that our products store more carbon than is released during their entire life cycle, making us a meaningful part of the climate solution.Continue Reading
Sustainability Solutions6 min
In an era where environmental responsibility is paramount, we are proud to announce a remarkable achievement: the LP® Structural Solutions portfolio has been officially designated as carbon negative. This milestone is a testament to our unwavering commitment to redefining construction materials for the better with a focus on sustainability, resiliency and groundbreaking advancements.
It’s no secret that many developers, architects and builders are reducing lot size as one way to hold down housing costs and maintain profitability. In fact, the rise of zero-lot-line homes, odd-lot/infill development and compressed parcel spacing is helping shape a new housing normal for many communities. This downsizing is focusing attention on minimum fire separation distance.
Resiliency Solutions5 min
The short answer is no, but the real question is: how does rain and water affect oriented strand board (OSB)? Let’s dig into the details of OSB’s construction.