Get the Beauty of Natural Cedar Texture From Engineered Wood Siding

For decades, remodelers and builders have searched for better house siding options than traditional wood. Although beautiful, traditional wood siding is prone to a host of issues, ranging from rot to termite infestation.

Siding Products That Imitate Wood

To solve these dilemmas for their customers, contractors first turned to vinyl siding. Vinyl promised to deliver the appearance of wood without the maintenance, but the minimal thickness of vinyl made it fall short of a real-wood look. Depending on the manufacturer, vinyl siding can be as thin as 0.035-inch. Even the thickest vinyl siding measures only 0.050-inch – about the thickness of a dime – resulting in a very shallow woodgrain texture.

Fiber cement siding is also billed as having a real-wood look. From the street, it may be hard for homeowners to distinguish fiber cement from wood, but the difference is more apparent up close. Take a look for yourself: which material looks more like traditional wood? 

wood siding material

If you picked the sample on the right, you chose LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding. A vinyl siding sample is pictured on the left, and fiber cement siding in the middle. LP SmartSide products feature deep shadow lines for a premium appearance that looks more like real wood than vinyl or fiber cement siding.

LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding: The Beauty of Natural Cedar Texture

LP SmartSide products have a more realistic texture than most fiber cement and vinyl products, making them a great choice when you want the traditional look of lap or shake shingle siding. LP SmartSide siding looks more like traditional wood because it’s made of wood – wood strands and fibers that are treated with zinc borate to resist damage from termites and fungal decay. These wood strands and fibers are then coated with special water-resistant waxes and industrial-grade binders for exceptional strength and long-lasting performance in harsh weather conditions. This includes the strength to stand up to hail.

LP SmartSide products are available in a full range of profiles, including lap sidingshingles & shakes, trim & fascia, soffit and panel siding. LP SmartSide products give you design flexibility for your next project. In addition, if you are interested in prefinished colors, LP SmartSide products are available in an exciting array of colors from an LP SmartSide Preferred Prefinisher in your area.

Wood Certified to the SFI® Standard

Because our products are made from wood, a renewable resource, LP invests in reforestation and uses forest management and fiber sourcing programs that meet the high standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI). In addition, in the LP SmartSide manufacturing process. See for yourself how LP SmartSide trim and siding are made!

lp smartside sfi

Learn More About LP® SmartSide® Products

Are you interested in an innovative siding material with the beauty of natural cedar texture? Find out where to buy LP SmartSide products, or call our Customer Care Center at (888) 820-0325 to schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative.  

Continue Reading
Business Advice5 min

Is There A More Water-Resistant OSB Board?

The #1 problem on a jobsite? Water. Because when it rains, it pours. When rain hits before a new house is fully closed in, it can be disastrous not only for your construction schedule but also for your home’s sub-flooring and exterior sheathing.

Continue Reading
Business Advice4 min
The Value of a Single Manufacturer

With the rise in popularity of homebuilding TV shows and access to an abundance of exterior products and accessories, homeowners are more aware than ever of their home’s exterior. While style and design are top-of-mind for your clients, efficiency is also on your radar as a builder. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between the two. We talked with building pro Kyle Stumpenhorst about the ways a versatile product suite like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can help achieve a customizable and efficient build.

Choosing a Color Scheme For Your Home Exterior

If you have decided to tackle a re-side project, you will be faced with the choice of your home’s exterior color. While durability, workability and efficiency are all critical benefits to you as a homeowner, the most outward facing choice you will make during your building project is the color. Choosing the right color for your home can seem like a big task and with color decisions to make beyond siding, like trim and other exterior accessories, it can be difficult to determine what you want. We’ve compiled a list of siding color ideas to help you find the color scheme that’s right for you.

News & Stories4 min
Behind the Scenes: Calculating Construction Costs With RSMeans Data

When building professionals are selecting building materials and calculating construction costs, many turn to third-party testing such as the RSMeans estimating handbook and online tools —especially as they relate to installation time savings and validating manufacturers’ claims. The group studied LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding installation specifically, and we sat down with them to ask how RSMeans data works and what takes place behind the scenes of their time-labor studies.