If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.
If your home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you’re required to use the same exterior material found on the original, e.g. logs to refurbish a historic log cabin. But most historic homes in the U.S. aren’t in the National Register. They’re governed by local historic societies, which have their own regulations for siding replacement. The first step is to speak with people at your local society—and in most cases, engineered wood is deemed a suitable replacement for the original wood siding.
“Our new LP® SmartSide® Smooth Siding has given us access to the historic areas in New Orleans, as their historic officials require a smooth siding product which our earlier wood-grain siding did not provide,” says Kip Faulk, LP channel manager for the Louisiana area. “We are now working with Saint Bernard Parish-USA, which was created after Hurricane Katrina to remediate damaged homes, some of which are in historic districts. We are currently siding our first project with them in the Lower 9th Ward.”
It’s important to work with remodelers who know how to renovate in your area in this specialty. For example, the Renovative Building Group in Nashville recently re-sided a home in a historic district with LP SmartSide Smooth Siding. The goal was to preserve the charm of the nearly century old bungalow-style home. “I love the texture and versatility of LP SmartSide Smooth Siding,” says Bobby Bastin, Renovative Building Group president. “In this case, we used the product over the entire exterior to preserve its historical roots.”
Using engineered wood siding in historic districts achieves two important goals—preserving the distinctive look of the original siding and ensuring that it has the durability to withstand the passage of time—to keep its historical charm intact for years to come.
There are many factors to consider: the cost to put new siding on a house, hiring a siding contractor, and choosing the most durable siding available. Getting organized can be a challenge, and that’s why we’ve developed an easy to use worksheet to help you plan your re-side. It can serve as a way to organize your thoughts and start conversations with your contractor.Continue Reading
Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.
Have you ever considered adding a shed to your backyard? Lately, homeowners like you are thinking beyond storage sheds and instead are using these spaces as offices, gyms and more. With the flexibility that comes from building with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® you can add a beautiful shed to your backyard, complete with one of the most durable siding options available, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, which also leads to easier siding maintenance.