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Proven Productivity: Primed LP® SmartSide® Trim & Lap Siding Installs 30% Faster Than Fiber Cement

As a builder, it can be difficult to trust product claims without proof. With LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, we’ve prioritized substantiating our claims. When you’re looking for the most durable siding options that will help you use your resources well, you need to know the claims a manufacturer makes are going to mean something to you—on the jobsite and when it comes to your bottom line. 

That’s why we partnered with RSMeans, a trusted construction data analytics company, to test our engineered wood siding products against a top competitor—fiber cement. We’re proud to reveal the results and show you how using LP SmartSide products can help you build more efficiently with durable siding designed to perform.

Setting Up the Test: Engineered Wood Siding vs. Fiber Cement

RSMeans designed an installation test in a weather-controlled environment with the same professional crew of installers for each product’s installation. LP SmartSide products and fiber cement products were both installed on identical structures over the same amount of square footage. 

The Results Are In

LP SmartSide products outperformed fiber cement in several key efficiency metrics, including installation speed, waste and build cycle. Notably, primed LP SmartSide lap siding installed 30% faster than fiber cement lap siding.

The Durable Siding Difference

What helped LP SmartSide products perform so well? From lighter weights to longer lengths, LP SmartSide products’ advanced durability makes a big difference when it comes to your business. When you use LP SmartSide products, you can run your business more productively with a product designed for efficiency on your side.

The Bottom Line

It all adds to up to more completed siding jobs in less time. Click the infographic below to see how many primed LP SmartSide siding jobs you can complete compared to fiber cement jobs!

Looking for more on LP SmartSide Trim & Siding’s advanced durability? Learn more here.

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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.