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Did You Know? LP® SmartSide® Siding Can Be Used in High-Wind Areas

Summer is here, which means wind-driven rain and flying debris could soon be on the horizon. If you live near the Texas Gulf Coast or another high wind region, LP® SmartSide® lap siding and engineered wood panel products offer excellent impact resistance.


Resists Wind-Driven Rain

LP SmartSide Trim & Siding are treated engineered wood products that give you the look of traditional wood siding while offering exceptional resistance to the elements. Every inch is treated to the core with an advanced formula of binders, waxes and zinc borate before a water-resistant, resin-saturated overlay is bonded to the surface. Thanks to these steps and others included in what we call the SmartGuard® process, all LP SmartSide products can survive pounding rain, year after year.

Brute Strength Against Impact

LP SmartSide siding helps to protect the appearance of exterior walls with its superior impact resistance. This strength has been proven in ballistic impact testing conducted by engineers at NASA. The impact damage resistance of LP SmartSide strand siding was evaluated by impacting siding samples at high speeds with items that could be considered potential impact threats, including golf balls and baseballs.  Comparable samples of fiber cement siding were also included in the testing.

When impacted by a golf ball and a baseball, respectively, both samples of fiber cement siding sustained a large hole and backside spalling. There was no visual evidence of damage to the LP siding samples after impact.

Meets Texas Gulf Coast Wind Speed Requirements

The Texas Department of Insurance requires that siding installed on structures in the Gulf Coast Region meet the guidelines of its windstorm building standard for building or remodeling. When installed to manufacturer specifications, LP SmartSide siding exceeds these strict requirements. In addition, our siding exceeds wind speed requirements of the International Code Council, the organization which develops building codes that are recognized by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Weather the Storm with LP® SmartSide® Siding

In addition to meeting tough coastal wind codes, LP backs the durability and performance of its products with one of the best warranties in the industry – the LP SmartSide 5/50 Year Limited Warranty. You can be confident installing LP siding materials on your structure.

Learn more about LP SmartSide lap siding, engineered wood panel products, building soffits and more by calling (888) 820-0325. An LP representative would be happy to schedule a product knowledge meeting at a time that’s convenient for you.


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Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

January and February typically usher in the season’s coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it’s often the freeze/thaw cycle––cold days followed by quick warm-ups––that can cause significant damage to a home’s siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?

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Best House Sheathing for Cold Climates

With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let’s explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.