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The Powerful Force That Damages Siding in Winter & What You Can Do About It

Most siding materials perform well in optimal conditions, but the true test comes when strong winds blow and temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing. This subtle force of nature, known as the freeze-thaw cycle, can be as damaging to siding as sun, wind and hail.

What Is the Freeze-Thaw Cycle?

The freeze-thaw cycle is a powerful weathering agent. For example, if water seeps into a small crack in a rock and freezes overnight, the water will expand nearly 10%. The expansion makes the crack larger, making room for more water. The next time the temperature falls below freezing, water freezes and the crack expands further. This cycle continues until, over time, large rocks are broken into small fragments.

This same powerful cycle can affect siding materials that absorb water, such as fiber cement. Water penetrates the siding and remains in the substrate. When it freezes, the water expands and creates extreme pressure within the material. As the freeze-thaw cycle happens over and over, year after year, the cumulative effect can eventually cause cracking and serious structural damage to siding material.

LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Resists Water Infiltration

Engineered wood siding from LP is a great solution for contractors who are building in cold climates. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding are wood-based products that resist cracking, warping and splitting. These products are manufactured from an innovative combination of wood fibers or strands, water-resistant resins and industrial-grade binders. The result is a material that resists water infiltration and can withstand high humidity, extreme temperatures, fungal decay and termites.

A Reliable Option for Cold-Weather Siding Installation

Just as not all siding can stand up to freeze-thaw cycles, not all siding can be installed when it’s cold outside. Siding installed in very cold weather will expand slightly when temperatures rise, which often causes issues with joints and corners, and around windows. Vinyl siding in particular becomes brittle and is prone to cracking when installed in cold temperatures. Thanks to their advanced durability and stability, LP SmartSide siding products can be installed in low temperatures without fear of cracking or extreme expansion.

Start Using LP SmartSide Products

If you are a siding contractor, we’re confident you will love the outstanding workability of our LP SmartSide products, and your customers will love the exceptional durability and beautiful curb appeal. To learn more or to purchase LP products, find dealers near you.

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Curb Appeal4 min

Exterior Updates to Consider for the New Year

New year, new you—new look for your home? With the comforts of home now more relevant than ever, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about increasing your home’s curb appeal. Modern design examples are a good place to start for home siding ideas, but let’s check in with the experts for additional inspiration.

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Curb Appeal4 min
Fresh Color Palettes for Metal Roofs

At the turn of the century, metal roofing exploded in popularity in residential construction due to its many benefits such as being lightweight and long lasting as well as hail and fire resistant. On top of that, it can enhance the appearance of almost any home style, including modern, ranches, farmhouse, Cape Cod and more.

Curb Appeal5 min
2020 Holiday Décor Guide

We’re excited to offer a décor guide packed with exterior holiday decorating ideas. Check out how your siding can enhance your décor during this season and throughout the year.

Renovation4 min
How to Measure for Siding

With this quick guide to one of the first steps to siding a house, you’ll have the insight you need to calculate siding for a house, leading to a budget estimate and a home siding project you’ll be proud of.