While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is easier to install, builders may feel pressured to skip a second look at installation guidelines in order to get a project complete on time or makeup for labor shortages. However, whether you’re a new or longtime LP SmartSide Trim & Siding user, taking the time to be attentive to proper installation will ensure you are upholding your product warranty and avoiding potential issues down the road.
To help prevent improper installation, Isaac Ojeda, Construction Service Associate at LP Building Solutions, has outlined the most common installation mistakes.
Builders can also often forget that different siding types require different installation methods. “When contractors switch from fiber cement to engineered wood, there is often a learning curve,” says Ojeda. “For example, LP SmartSide products grow during the acclimation process, so we require a gap to allow for expansion, while fiber cement products shrink, requiring no gap.”
“We’ve also seen gap issues with joint molding installation. We’re finding installers will leave the required 3/16” gap, but not take the thickness of the web into account. This results in the joint molding being pushed out as our siding acclimates. For proper installation, add the thickness of the molding web to the gap and allow a net 3/16” space for expansion,” says Ojeda.
*This article lists step-by-step instructions for avoiding buckled butt joints.
*This video provides tips on installing metal flashing.
*Review the latest installation instructions.
If you’re looking for more installation instruction videos, check out the product section of our website. For more information on LP SmartSide products, call Customer Support at (800) 450-6106.
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