Inspiration4 min

Did You Know? LP® SmartSide® Siding Can Be Painted to Suit Any Taste

When it comes to exterior siding options, what influences the choice made by builders and remodelers? For most professionals, it’s a combination of factors including cost, workability, homeowner preference and profile selection. For homeowners, the choice is simpler. One of the biggest reasons they prefer one siding product over another is appearance.

For many decades, homeowners were satisfied with siding that was simply “maintenance-free.” Countless millions of homes were covered with aluminum, steel and vinyl siding, all with the goal of eliminating the need for scraping, sanding and painting wood siding.

Over time, homeowner preferences have shifted as new and better-performing products have come to market. Homeowners now demand siding that is  easier to maintain and aesthetically pleasing. Vinyl siding saw its share of the North American market fall from 39 percent in 2003 to 27 percent in 2013.

Siding That Looks Better, Longer

LP SmartSide products have a more realistic cedar grain texture than most fiber cement and vinyl products, making them a popular choice for homeowners who want the look of traditional wood siding and easy maintenance. LP siding products start as wood strands and fibers that are treated to resist termites and fungal decay. To put LP SmartSide strand substrate siding products to the ultimate test, we exposed samples to Formosan termites, widely recognized as one of the world’s most destructive pests.


Each sample was placed on a plastic grid, surrounded by untreated bait samples, then laid directly on top of termite colonies. The bait samples were completely destroyed within three months — but even after three years, the LP SmartSide siding showed no structural damage.

One advantage of LP engineered wood siding products over maintenance-free vinyl siding becomes apparent after 10+ years of wear. Vinyl siding can fade and weather over time, leaving a home’s exterior looking drab until the siding is replaced. In contrast, LP SmartSide siding and trim comes pre-primed and holds paint like wood. Not only can homeowners with LP siding choose the perfect siding colors for their home, they can also change those colors down the road if desired. A fresh coat of paint can make LP siding look brand new again!

In addition, LP SmartSide engineered wood siding stands up much better to hail and other impact than vinyl, fiber cement, aluminum or steel.

Engineered for True Beauty

From lap and cedar shake siding to fascia and trim, LP has a full line of siding options to create a true custom look for every home. Find an LP SmartSide retailer today, or learn more about the benefits of becoming an LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor.

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Industry Trends6 min

Where the Construction Labor Shortage Is Most Severe

According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).

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Industry Trends7 min
A Commitment to Product Availability

It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.

Business Advice10 min
How to Prevent Lap Siding from Buckling by Using a Butt Joint

It’s a silly name, but a “butt joint” is an application technique where two pieces of material are “butted” up against each other. It is the simplest joint to make, and a butt joint can be either end to end or end to face. Depending on the width of the wall, butt joints will occur where two pieces of lap siding come together, creating a vertical seam. LP® SmartSide® lap siding products are available in 16’ lengths, and can help reduce the amount of seams where a butt joint would normally occur when using shorter pieces.

Industry Trends7 min
Why You Should Rely On Data Rather Than Instinct

For many years, construction pros have relied on experience and gut instinct more than on data, but that’s rapidly changing. Many banks, investment groups and insurance companies now need a construction data analysis to help identify potential risks before okaying a construction deal. And in the field, builders need easy access to actionable information – both at the lot level and company-wide – to help boost quality, control costs and manage trade partners.