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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. 

How to Create Visual Interest for Multifamily Developments

LP SmartSide products are versatile by nature, designed to complement a variety of textures and give you the flexibility your project requires. There are a variety of ways to create dimension for multifamily structures and add interest to your build.

Combine different materials.

Consider designating panel or vertical siding to one area of the exterior, such as balconies, and use lap siding for the rest of the structure. This will help to break up the structure visually for a more dynamic look. Adding stone or brick to the base of your build is also a great way to add dimension and complement engineered wood siding.

Use color as a visual separator.

Another way to add interest to a structure such as an apartment complex or duplex is alternating the color of siding to section the space visually. Choose from a variety of LP SmartSide ExpertFinish® colors and remove painting time, or opt for primed siding to pair with your custom paint color.

Add contrasting trim.

For even more interest, add contrasting trim to windows and roofs. Choosing siding and trim colors that complement each other is key to a seamless look. This can be accomplished with different shades of the same color or something slightly more extreme such as ExpertFinish trim in Snowscape White on a darker exterior, such as Rapids Blue.

Longer-Lasting Durability

When choosing materials for your next commercial or multifamily structure, reliability and durability are of utmost importance. Opting for durable, sturdy products that require little maintenance can help you maintain the longevity of your builds. LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is treated with the SmartGuard® process, and its four components of protection add strength. The process also helps LP SmartSide Trim & Siding withstand impacts, freeze/thaw cycles and high humidity while resisting fungal decay, making it one of the most durable siding solutions on the market.

Backed by an Industry-Leading Warranty

LP SmartSide products are built to withstand a variety of climates and weather conditions. They are also backed by industry-leading prorated limited warranties so you can build with confidence. Warranties feature 5-year labor, 15-year finish (for ExpertFinish products) and 50-year substrate coverage.

Though perhaps not traditionally considered a go-to material for multifamily structures, the versatility and durability of LP SmartSide products make them a great solution for a variety of builds.

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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

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

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Sustainable Construction Trends: How Builders Can Offer Value

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