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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 Advice6 min

Plywood Vs. LP® SmartSide® for Sheds

For years, plywood materials such as T1-11 shed siding have been a top choice for outdoor structures. They can be used for everything from shed flooring and walls to furniture, which makes them a convenient option—but they’re not the only option. Despite plywood being top-of-mind for many, engineered wood products can help boast a greater value when it comes to outdoor structures.

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Learn From Industry Experts: Best Practices for Multigenerational Construction

A multigenerational workforce is not a new concept, but as a new community of tech-savvy builders enters the industry the gap between generations may seem wider than ever. Though there are some natural challenges that come with it, a multigenerational workforce also provides a more curious and diverse environment for all skill levels and ages.

Business Advice5 min
What Does Energy Star Certified Mean?

Environmentally friendly living continues to be top-of-mind for homeowners. Because many want homes that are built for energy efficiency, professional builders must prepare to discuss this topic with their clients and to provide options for a build that promotes energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact.

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Storage and Handling 101: LP Structural Solutions

Before installation begins, proper storage and handling is critical as you receive products onto the jobsite. When products are handled properly and in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, you can help avoid damage to new products, use what you order, and help ensure that the product will perform as intended once installed.