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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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LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding Featured on Recent Military Makeover Renovation Project

At LP Building Solutions, building a better world is at the core of who we are. So, when we joined Military Makeover airing on Lifetime TV to renovate a home with LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding for a deserving veteran family, we couldn’t wait to get started.

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How-to Guide: Create Stunning Siding & Brick Color Combinations

If you’re choosing new siding to go with your brick, selecting the best siding color combinations can be a challenge. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the many colors and textures available. To help you achieve stunning siding brick combinations, we’ll take you through the process starting with step one: selecting the best siding material for your home.

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A Mid-Year Look at 2020’s Top Exterior Home Trends

We’re halfway through 2020, and what better time to see how the exterior trends forecasted earlier this year are holding up? In this blog we’ll examine top siding trends and trending exterior house colors, and catch up with well-known designer Liz Marie Galvan on her insights around the home trends that are on the rise and here to stay.

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Myth vs. Reality: How Summer Weather Affects Siding

Summer is almost here. And while more time in the sun brings heightened attention to UV protection and safety in high temperatures, homeowners should also think about the potential effects summer may have on different types of siding. If you’ve ever wondered what the best siding is for hot climates, we’re here to shine a light on hot weather siding myths and learn what is the right siding for warm weather.