Installation Video Series: Intro to LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding

It’s hard to beat the natural look of a home finished in real wood. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products are made with treated engineered wood. They give you the look of real wood without many of the problems commonly associated with wood. LP’s SmartGuard® treatment coats each wood strand or fiber with zinc borate for exceptional protection against fungal decay and termite damage.

LP SmartSide products are so durable, they’re backed by one of the best warranties in the industry: the LP SmartSide 5/50 Year Limited Warranty. It offers a full five-year labor and material replacement feature and a 50-year prorated warranty on the product. See for complete warranty details.

With LP SmartSide Trim and Siding, you can give your homeowners that warm, inviting look with easier maintenance – and it’s simpler than you might think. Our Installation Series, now available on YouTube, will help you understand the basic principles of installing LP SmartSide products and show you the workability and versatility of the LP SmartSide line.

Getting Ready for Installation

One of the great advantages of working with LP SmartSide products is the ease of installation. First, you’ll need a few standard woodworking tools: a circular saw or miter saw, a nail gun or drill, primer, sealant and paint. As with all power tools, be sure to use proper safety procedures.

  • When storing your trim and siding, keep it dry and off the ground, and store on a flat surface.
  • When working with wood products like LP SmartSide, avoid installing the product on a home that is exposed to excessive moisture; for example, homes with recently installed concrete, plaster walls or wet-blown cellulose insulation.
  • Check the building codes in your area for air barrier or housewrap requirements.
  • Before installing trim and siding products, conduct a visual walk-around inspection of the job site and building. Be sure to address any obstructions, such as landscaping or manmade objects around the job site.
  • Inspect the exterior wall framing for any installation defects that could cause the wall to be uneven and lead to a wavy siding appearance. Some items that could contribute to this might be bowed or warped studs, or improperly nailed sheathing.
  • During the visual inspection, verify that the housewrap has been properly installed. Look for defects or penetrations through the housewrap that might need to be repaired before installing trim and siding. Ensure that all housewrap seams are taped.
  • Verify that the flashing around the windows and doors are properly installed and integrated with the housewrap to help avoid water intrusion. Once your visual inspection is complete and all issues have been resolved, you’re ready to install your trim and siding.

Learn more about how to install siding in Part One of the LP SmartSide Installation Series.

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