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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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Building a Better World™: Letting Purpose Drive Our Business

Our purpose, Building a Better World™, had guided us in the years prior to 2020, but it was uniquely tested with this year’s challenges. As the comfort of home became increasingly important we sought to put our communities and customers first in new ways, serving them with the need for resiliency and safety in mind.

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Structural Solutions for Fire-Resistant Roof Sheathing

In fire-prone geographies, such as wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas, fire protection for roofs may be a critical part of a comprehensive approach to slowing the spread of fire and fire damage in homes. A fire classification roof system is required in WUI areas to protect your build and clients’ peace of mind—and with the right products, the installation process can be simple. Let’s take a look at fire-resistant roof sheathing and how it can help you approach building better in fire-prone areas.

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Bugs vs. Siding: How to Spot and Prevent Damage

Bugs in wood siding, whether behind engineered wood siding or in traditional wood products, aren’t just troublesome for homeowners—building professionals must deal with them on the jobsite, during renovations, and as they plan their builds. When clients turn to you for guidance on removing insects, replacing siding or ensuring their new durable siding is protected against bugs, it’s important to know how to address these issues.

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Looking Back on 2020 With LP Building Solutions

2020 was—in a word—unpredictable. In many ways the COVID-19 pandemic defined the year within the building industry, but LP Building Solutions also launched new products, worked toward innovation and established partnerships, all reinforcing the company’s purpose of Building a Better World™. We caught up with several of our leaders to look back on the year, the changes it brought, and the wins we celebrated together