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How LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Compares to Three Common Siding Options

Durable siding materials that work well for both you and your clients should be easy to work with and versatile when it comes to home design. An industry-leading limited siding warranty also goes a long way in giving your homeowners peace of mind—and giving you the confidence that your house siding materials are backed for years to come.

If you are wondering how to choose siding material for your next project, we have outlined some key comparisons between LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding and three other types of siding materials—fiber cement, vinyl and traditional wood. Check out the video to see how LP SmartSide products rise above the competition as one of the most durable siding materials on the market:

Here’s a quick review of how LP SmartSide products outperform the competition in a siding materials comparison:

Engineered Wood Siding vs. Fiber Cement Siding: Engineered wood’s superior durability stands up to impact while fiber cement siding, backed by a shorter warranty, is often prone to breakage and cracking. Products like LP SmartSide Lap Siding can also be installed 22% faster than fiber cement lap siding.

Engineered Wood Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: If your clients want a wood look, vinyl siding generally represents a lower investment. However, engineered wood offers multiple layers of protection with cedar texture options. Made of PVC, vinyl can also crack, buckle and warp, and it is prone to damage from heat and impact. For example, third-party testing results show that LP SmartSide lap siding resisted hail damage better than vinyl.

Engineered Wood Siding vs. Traditional Wood Siding: While many of your clients may love its look, traditional wood is susceptible to termite infestation that can cause permanent structural damage. Engineered wood offers a durable wood option and protection against insects with virtually no knots.

The LP SmartSide Difference

Not only is it backed by an industry-leading 5/50-year limited warranty that is 67% longer than the industry-standard 30-year warranties, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is manufactured with the SmartGuard® process for advanced durability. Treated wood strands are combined with adhesive resins and zinc borate to produce a strong material that is protected against moisture and insects and able to stand up to even the toughest climates.

From installation to how it’s made and more, you can count on LP SmartSide Trim & Siding to work for you—and your clients—as one of the best siding materials on the market. Compare LP SmartSide Trim & Siding with the leading alternative siding materials here

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Business Advice4 min

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.