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The Benefits of Utilizing LP Building Products for Outdoor Structures

The unique features of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products make them ideally suited for use in outdoor structures. These engineered building materials are backed by nearly two decades of performance and offer long-term durability. They also feature industry-leading warranty coverage. What’s not to love?

“We are in a time when most people are looking for easy-maintenance outdoor structures,” explains Anthony Crisi, sales manager at G & B Sheds in Royersford, Pennsylvania. “It’s no shock that customers aim to purchase sheds that they don’t have to repair or repaint on a frequent basis. With LP shed products’ extreme durability and being engineered with the SmartGuard® process, customers can confidently achieve this easy-maintenance goal.”

Benefit #1: Outstanding Performance

Shed walls made from LP SmartSide panels, lap siding and trim offer all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood. But this beauty is more than skin-deep: after more than 20 years and many billion square feet on the market, LP SmartSide siding and trim are widely regarded as a tried-and-true alternative for homeowners who want durable, cost-effective products that stand up to everything from driving rain to termites.

Benefit #2: Long-Term Durability

LP’s treated wood technology features the proprietary SmartGuard process. Wall and flooring products are treated to the core with four components of protection that add strength and help withstand moisture intrusion, impact damage and fungal decay. Intensive testing has shown that LP shed products stand up to extreme weather.

Alan Jumper, Technical Sales Manager for LP Building Products, explains more about how the SmartGuard process helps protect sheds against the natural elements. “The LP SmartGuard process uses an EPA-registered wood preservative, zinc borate, along with MDI resins and hydrophobic waxes to protect the SmartSide siding and trim products from the elements. This keeps fungal decay and termites at bay, so you can enjoy your shed for years to come.”

Benefit #3: Exciting Style Options

A shed doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Ensure your home and your shed complement each other with a wide array of siding choices from the LP SmartSide product line, including LP SmartSide lap siding, cedar texture shake siding, panel & vertical siding, trim & fascia, and soffit panels. “LP sheds have some of the finest siding I have seen in my 20 years in the shed industry,” says Crisi. Use this tool to help you estimate what shed size you need.

Benefit #4: Warranty Coverage

If it is peace of mind you’re searching for, LP has your back with industry-leading limited warranties on its outdoor building products. See complete warranty details on all LP® Outdoor Building Solution® products.

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High-quality engineered building materials from LP offer strength, durability and consistency, and are backed by customer service you can count on. To purchase a shed built from these innovative products, find a shed dealer near you.

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Industry Trends5 min

Tighter Building Envelopes

Overall, improvements in building envelopes have helped homeowners benefit from greater protection against moisture. Builders are able to create more energy-efficient homes overall due to these developments. However, when the exterior envelope doesn’t allow a structure to breathe, any moisture that gets trapped inside simply rots—causing more problems than intended. What is the solution to needing a tight building envelope that allows for proper airflow? Symbiotic materials, such as the LP Structural Solutions portfolio of products, provide an answer.

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On the Jobsite with LP Technical Sales Manager – Oscar Trejo

We’re joining Oscar Trejo, LP Technical Sales Manager, for a typical day on the job sharing his knowledge about one of the most durable siding solutions available—LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding. Trejo dedicates his time to providing construction training for building professionals, assisting on the jobsite, and leading his team at LP.

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PREPARING FOR PRIME SIDING SELLING SEASON

Coming off an unprecedented year, the busiest season for selling siding is almost underway! COVID-19 is still a significant consideration as you attempt to move forward with your siding business while taking learnings and challenges from the pandemic into consideration. We talked with Erik Perkins of Perkins Builder Brothers to get insight straight from the jobsite about COVID-19’s impact, tips for prepping for a new season, and more. Read on to see how LP can support you with one of the most durable siding options out there as your business ramps up!