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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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HOW IS THE PAST IMPACTING THE FUTURE OF THE BUILDING INDUSTRY?

As a leader in building solutions, LP Structural Solutions is consistently moving in the direction of greater resiliency. Each innovative building solution is viewed through that lens, as well as how it can help achieve LP’s overall goal of Building a Better World™. But why this direction? What led LP to focus on resilience in construction? Craig Miles, Director of OSB Sales & Marketing, explores how past trends inform LP’s work on modern building techniques today.

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PREPARING FOR PRIME SIDING SELLING SEASON

Coming off an unprecedented year, the busiest season for selling siding is almost underway! COVID-19 is still a significant consideration as you attempt to move forward with your siding business while taking learnings and challenges from the pandemic into consideration. We talked with Erik Perkins of Perkins Builder Brothers to get insight straight from the jobsite about COVID-19’s impact, tips for prepping for a new season, and more. Read on to see how LP can support you with one of the most durable siding options out there as your business ramps up!

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LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Installation Problems to Avoid in Cathedral or Vaulted Ceiling Designs

Recently, homes are trending toward smaller, more compact sizes. Using extra-tall, cathedral or vaulted ceilings can create the illusion of a larger living space. But how do you avoid installation problems when insulating a cathedral or vaulted ceiling? How do you avoid problems when insulating an open ceiling?

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Plywood vs. OSB: Protecting Sub-Flooring From Rain

When it comes to installing sub-flooring, one concern rises to the top for many professionals: rain. No matter your geographical area, dealing with some amount of water in sub-floor panels during the installation process is inevitable. That’s why it’s important to know how to protect the sub-floor during construction and how to prevent water pooling on sub-floor panels.