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Home Improvement Show Proves Your Siding Project Can Be A Smooth Journey

The popular Lifetime Channel remodeling show Designing Spaces likes to document the home improvement journey to show that it can indeed be a manageable experience. The program recently shared the story of James and Stella, a professional couple in Wilmington, North Carolina, who did a re-siding project that went smoothly from start to finish.

James and Stella’s 108-year-old home still had its original siding when Hurricane Florence battered it in 2018. Even before the storm, the traditional wood siding showed signs of fungal decay and was peeling in many places because it was too old to allow paint to adhere properly. The couple began researching siding replacement choices, hoping to find a material that was durable enough to withstand extreme weather while matching the historic look of the original siding. As they gathered facts, they found that many contractors in the coastal area were too busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to even schedule a visit.

The couple felt that LP® SmartSide® Smooth Trim & Siding met their criteria, so they requested a quote. Soon after, Brent Taylor, owner of the O.C. Taylor remodeling company in nearby Raleigh, reached out to the couple. Brent is a Master-level member of the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program and has received extensive training, both in LP SmartSide Trim & Siding design features and installation best practices.

Brent drove the two hours from Raleigh to Wilmington so he could meet personally with James and Stella. Since Wilmington is a port city just off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Brent explained that LP SmartSide lap siding is durable enough to withstand up to 200 mph wind gusts, which is especially important in their coastal region. He also showed them how LP SmartSide Smooth siding would match the historic charm of the original siding of the century-old home. The couple was pleased with Brent’s presentation and decided to proceed with the re-siding project.

James and Stella’s journey from research to re-siding shows just how easy the process may be, especially if you find an LP BuildSmart member like Brent who is the epitome of professionalism. Check out their inspiring story that aired on Designing Spaces and reach out for a quote when you are ready for your own LP SmartSide Trim & Siding experience.

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Trends4 min

Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is “board and batten?” It’s a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

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Renovation5 min
Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home’s exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

Trends3 min
Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We’re breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.

Maintenance3 min
When to Replace Old, Decaying Siding

Fungal decaying siding can cause a multitude of problems such as improperly heating and cooling your home and even compromising its structure. Many times, fungal decay is hidden and homeowners may not know how to spot the warning signs. And if they do, it can be difficult to gauge whether it’s time for a siding replacement or repair. But have no fear. We’re offering an in-depth guide on the signs to spot fungal decay and, more importantly, what to do next.