Maintenance4 min

Should Homeowners in Northern Regions Worry About Termites?

Let’s be honest: “termites in cold weather” isn’t a common phrase. However, while termites have been historically associated with warmer weather, researchers at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict the U.S. will see an annual average rise in temperature of 3 to more than 4 degrees Celsius over the next century. It’s believed this increase is allowing termites to better survive winters in more northern climates.

How Far North Do Termites Go?

In recent years, there have been reports of termite infestations in traditionally colder locations such as Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. In fact, the only state where termites cannot survive is Alaska. It’s believed termites reach northern locations via infested soil and/or wood shipments from the south. Once they reach their new destination, termites are able to thrive and continue spreading if untreated.

How to Spot Termite Damage

Signs of Termites

Because termite damage is destructive and costly, it’s important to know how to spot. This includes:

  • Irregular holes (e.g. giving natural wood a porous or “nibbled-on” appearance)
  • Damaged paint
  • Discarded wings
  • Mud tubes
  • Hollowed wood

How Engineered Wood Combats Termites

If you are considering buying or building a home in an area where termites traditionally haven’t been a concern, it could be time to get ahead of their spread by considering building materials engineered to resist termite decay. 

One of the most important advantages of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is its effectiveness to resist termite damage. During the proprietary LP® SmartGuard® process, these engineered wood products are treated to the core with zinc borate, which is proven to resist termites and fungal decay for decades. This treatment is applied to all LP SmartSide products, which are then factory primed to add another level of protection against moisture.

Termites After Rain

Speaking of moisture, homeowners are more likely to spot termites after periods of precipitation as these insects thrive in water-soaked environments. After rain, termites often increase their reproductive activities in order to expand their colonies.

To put LP SmartSide Trim & Siding to the test, we exposed samples to colonies of Formosan termites (the most aggressive termite specie) in the Hilo, Hawaii rainforest. After years of exposure, LP SmartSide products remained structurally sound in an environment with an average temperature of more than 70 degrees, high humidity and up to 170 inches of annual rainfall.

Interested in learning more about how LP SmartSide products stand up to cold, wet climates? Check out our blog on how engineered wood can combat potential damage caused by winter weather conditions.

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Trends4 min

New Year, New Siding: Choosing Siding That Lasts

It’s a new year—and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it’s the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you’re just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.

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Trends4 min
How to Hang Items on Siding

As seasons change, you may find yourself wanting to add seasonal decor to your house. When considering mounting decorations or more functional assets such as lights to your home’s exterior, you may be wondering how to hang items on siding. While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is engineered for longer-lasting durability, there are some key tips to keep in mind to protect your home’s exterior when hanging items on engineered wood siding.

Curb Appeal5 min
Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas for 2021

While many homeowners focus their attention on interior holiday decor, giving your home’s exterior a festive upgrade will ensure it’s a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. We talked with lifestyle blogger Liz Marie Galvan to get her top outdoor holiday decorating tips.

Choosing a Color Scheme For Your Home Exterior

If you have decided to tackle a re-side project, you will be faced with the choice of your home’s exterior color. While durability, workability and efficiency are all critical benefits to you as a homeowner, the most outward facing choice you will make during your building project is the color. Choosing the right color for your home can seem like a big task and with color decisions to make beyond siding, like trim and other exterior accessories, it can be difficult to determine what you want. We’ve compiled a list of siding color ideas to help you find the color scheme that’s right for you.