Renovation5 min

How to Use the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer

Planning to refresh your home’s trim and fascia? Hoping to change the exterior entirely with a full re-side project? No matter your plans, choosing siding and trim colors can be difficult. Mentally visualizing how your home will look with a new product is a challenge—and it’s even tougher to imagine the amount of change even just updating trim will bring. 

That’s where the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer, a siding visualizer tool, comes in. This free tool can help you explore home siding ideas to find the best siding color combinations for your home. Read more to find out how to use the tool—and why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can make all the difference for your home.

Siding Visualizer Tool Basics

Designed to help you envision a new look for your home’s exterior, the LP SmartSide Home Visualizer features popular siding colors, including 16 LP SmartSide prefinished siding colors, as well as many widths, textures and engineered wood siding styles. 

When you start a project with the Home Visualizer tool, first decide whether you want to explore using a photo of your own home or a sample home (you can choose a home that mirrors your home’s style). You may also enlist a designer to help prepare your home’s image for customization for a small fee. 

How to Apply Siding and Trim Colors and Styles 

Once you are ready to begin with a home image, you may choose to take a tour of the visualizer tool. However, the visualizer is easy to use and follows a simple pattern. Here’s how to start.

  1. Choose a surface for a new type of cladding.
  2. Choose the type of cladding you would like to use on that section of the home.
  3. Choose a style of cladding.
  4. Choose the color of cladding. If you’ve chosen LP® SmartSide® siding, you can select one of 16 versatile LP SmartSide ExpertFinish® prefinished colors.

 Once the process is complete, the image will update to reflect your choices. From there, you may move on to trim, fascia, roofing, doors and more, following the same basic method of choosing a new look. You may also go back and update any of your previously customized surfaces. 

Watch the full Home Visualizer Demonstration:

Tips and Tricks for Home Siding Ideas

Don’t forget the accents for your home’s exterior that can make a big difference. It may be more exciting to change up your home’s siding, but adjusting trim color can also change the look entirely. It may open up even more inspiration! Be sure to look for trending exterior house colors for more ideas. 

Beyond siding, make sure your home’s roof and front door in the visualizer match what you currently have. Some colors will look significantly different against a gray roof or a bright front door, for example. Unless you plan to make changes to your roof and door as well, judge what looks best against your current roof and door colors. 

Are Your Updates Worth the Investment?

When you’re weighing house siding options and cost, the LP SmartSide siding visualizer tool can help you ensure your decision is a good investment because you can explore home siding ideas before you make a final decision. 

As you explore, try out LP SmartSide Trim & Siding—it not only looks great but remains durable thanks to its engineered wood design. Our proprietary LP SmartGuard® Process gives it four components of protection that help protect against impacts, weather, the passage of time and much more. LP SmartSide ExpertFinish prefinished siding brings the same durability with the versatility of being available in 16 versatile, proprietary colors. From standard siding colors to bolder options, LP SmartSide ExpertFinish siding offers many ways to achieve the look you want.

Ready to Try Out the Siding Visualizer Tool?

Visit to get started! If you need more inspiration first, check out our gallery here and browse the entire LP SmartSide collection of siding products here.

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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.

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