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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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Industry Trends5 min

Managing Moisture Behind Board and Batten Siding

While board and batten siding is typically made of wood, it can also be made from vinyl, fiber cement or even steel. But if you’re worried about durability and curb appeal—and these days who isn’t?—engineered wood siding is a smarter buy compared to traditional wood siding because it mimics its look but features greater durability and easier maintenance.

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How to Install Flashing Under Siding

Flashing is a key part of the LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding installation process, helping to protect homes from the elements by preventing moisture intrusion. When you are installing lap siding, incorrectly installed flashing may lead to moisture issues that can affect other aspects of the home, in addition to the siding.

Inspiration5 min
What Is the Difference Between Trim vs. Fascia?

When it comes to exterior cladding, homes require more than siding to protect them from the elements. Fascia and trim are two key elements that work together to create a protective barrier around the home, serving as a first line of defense along with siding.

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Top LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Virtual Resources to Help You Build Better

In today’s landscape of high competition and new ways of interacting with clients, easy-to-access virtual resources have become even more important. That’s why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is committed to providing you the tools you need to keep up with the changing landscape.