Protecting your siding from damage is crucial no matter the season or time of year. Warm weather presents several unique issues to your home’s exterior that can have a negative impact, especially without proper siding maintenance. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding provides the protection and peace of mind you need to keep your siding in great shape during warmer seasons with easy maintenance requirements.
Heat and humidity impact your siding as temperatures rise and water vapor in the air increases, subjecting your siding to prolonged moisture and UV exposure. Moisture can cause mold, mildew and fungal decay, and UV exposure often causes cracking or discoloration. Heat and humidity can also produce weather events that threaten your siding.
These extreme elements can be destructive if your siding is not built to prevent damage at the core. Choosing the right siding for warm climates is key to protecting your home from adverse weather. All-weather siding, like LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, is engineered to withstand the conditions that result from warm and humid climates.
LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is an ideal choice of siding for warm climates, largely due to its proprietary LP® SmartGuard® process. Isaac Ojeda, Construction Service Associate at LP, says that all four components of the process play a part in the product’s ability to endure warm weather siding problems.
Termites thrive in warm temperatures, and preventing infestation is crucial. “The zinc borate in LP SmartSide products helps to resist damage from fungal decay and termites,” says Ojeda. “That’s really important to the longevity of the product.” Treated to the core, each piece of LP SmartSide siding is engineered to repel termites, which becomes even more important during warmer months.
As siding expands and contracts with extreme weather shifts, it can often lead to cracking if the siding is not engineered to withstand freeze/thaw cycles. LP SmartSide products are treated with binders as part of the SmartGuard process, which helps stabilize the siding and prevent damage during freeze/thaw cycles. Additionally, LP SmartSide products are treated with waxes and a resin-saturated overlay, providing superior moisture resistance to combat humidity and storms.
“What’s really important is the overlay. That’s the first line of defense against weather like rain, UV exposure and heat,” says Ojeda. “The other three components work in the background to protect the substrate.”
The durability of LP SmartSide Trim & Siding also contributes to its ability to combat warm weather siding problems. “When you have a storm event, there may be debris flying or tree branches falling that could damage the siding. In that respect, the product’s durability is extremely important,” says Ojeda.
“Overall, preventive maintenance is key to your siding’s longevity. While LP SmartSide siding is backed by a 50-year limited warranty, basic maintenance is still important to the product’s ability to physically withstand that length of time and uphold its beauty, appearance wise,” says Ojeda. By implementing these siding maintenance tips, you can increase the lifespan of any siding—even when it’s facing harsh seasonal weather changes, from freezing winters to humid summers.
For all-weather siding that handles heat and humidity with easy maintenance, check out LP SmartSide siding options.
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