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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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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.

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Trends4 min
Prefinished vs. Primed Siding: How to Choose

If you’re currently in the midst of a remodel or are considering future renovations for your home’s exterior, color is one of the most prominent decisions you will have to make as a homeowner. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding comes in both primed and prefinished options to suit a variety of needs. Not sure which is the best option for you? Read on to discover the benefits of each so that you can re-side with confidence.

Curb Appeal4 min
How To Create a Rustic Aesthetic

Though rustic style homes are most popular in mountainous regions, the rustic aesthetic can also be incorporated into a variety of home styles, including farm, ranch and coastal homes. Erik Perkins of North Carolina–based building duo The Perkins Brothers weighs in on the latest siding trends for rustic homes and tips to achieve the look you’re after.

Curb Appeal5 min
Six Exterior Window Trim Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home

Redoing your home’s exterior can be a big undertaking. If you’re looking for a simple way to update your home’s exterior, window trim is a great place to start. Updating your trim color or texture can transform the look and feel of your home without executing an entire re-side. For those looking to do a full re-side, considering outside window trim ideas to suit your housing style will finish off the look of your build.