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Everything You Need to Know About LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding for Your Interior

Siding is traditionally thought of as an exterior product, but LP® SmartSide® products are challenging this by offering innovative interior solutions. Building professional Kyle Stumpenhorst discusses how he leveled up some of his builds with a board and batten interior technique.

Why Use LP SmartSide Products for Your Interior?

“Using LP SmartSide trim on the interior gives you unlimited possibilities,” says Stumpenhorst. “I like the ease of working with longer lengths and fewer joints.” LP SmartSide Trim & Siding comes in lengths up to 16 feet long. Along with superior length offerings LP SmartSide products come primed, making painting a breeze and allowing for 30% faster install time than fiber cement products.

What is LP SmartSide Siding Made of?

LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products are made from engineered wood that is treated with our proprietary SmartGuard® process. With four components of protection, the process adds strength and helps our products withstand impacts, freeze/thaw cycles, high humidity, and helps resist fungal decay and termites.

LP SmartSide Interior Texture Styles

Many LP SmartSide products come in both smooth finish and cedar texture. The most common use for interiors is a board and batten style, which is a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home’s interior. 

“On a recent build, I replicated the board and batten look by simply installing drywall like most normal residential interiors and then used LP SmartSide trim to add battens to an otherwise simple flat wall. Once done you couldn’t even notice it was just drywall underneath,” said Stumpenhorst.

Check out the build here.

FAQs About LP SmartSide Trim & Siding

What texture should you put on your walls?

Smooth siding such as LP SmartSide Smooth Finish Panel Siding is typically preferred for interior installation. When you add board and batten wall panels to the interior, you are already adding texture to a previously flat surface with the dimension of the batten elements. 

How should studs be spaced during installation?

38 and 76 Series Panel Siding may be installed on studs spaced a maximum of 16 inches o.c.

Do I need special tools to work with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding?

No, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is designed to be installed using common woodworking tools. Visit our YouTube channel for an 8-part installation series to get started.

Click here for more answers to frequently asked questions.

Want more ideas for your board and batten installation? Check out our inspiration gallery.

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Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.