Trends5 min

Trend Alert: Sleek & Smooth Style on the Rise

It’s no surprise that 97% of realtors say that curb appeal is most important to a potential buyer, which makes keeping up with the latest exterior trends a priority to homeowners. While traditional exteriors like stone and brick can add uniqueness as accents, according to LP industry experts, homeowners these days are gravitating toward sleeker and smoother siding options to cover the bulk of their homes. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why:

Smooth Is Versatile

While some building materials or siding textures lend better to certain types of architectural styles, smooth siding lends well to varying types of aesthetics, from traditional to modern homes. With this, Amy Pierce, LP Building Solutions Market Development Manager, says, “Offering a smooth-texture finish provides customers a new option to meet growing design demands.” Some of the more common types of homes featuring a smooth look include:

  • Modern Farmhouse: Blends modern and rustic styles to achieve a cozy charm.
  • Cape Cod: Adds a classic finish to a modest exterior to achieve timeless aesthetic.
  • Updated Ranch: Mixes contemporary design with defined characteristics to achieve a modernized look.

Siding Is the Star

Beyond the increased popularity of the modern look, according to Craig Kuhnle, Territory Sales Manager of the Southeast Region for LP Building Solutions, many homeowners are starting to view their home’s siding as a focal point, rather than an accent. With the demand for a sleek, modern aesthetic, Kuhnle says, “Within the past year there’s been a large shift from using a textured finish to using a smoother style, which is a significant reason for the launch of  LP® SmartSide® Smooth Trim & Siding, which offers that desired clean appearance.”

Sleek Is Timeless

From historical preservations to modernized traditional designs, a sleek aesthetic can hold curb appeal for years to come. The clean nature of the style and ability to complement contemporary designs ensure long-term curb value. If you choose LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding to complete a sleek look, Pierce says, “In addition to its ability to accentuate a wide variety of architectural styles, LP SmartSide offers extreme durability and an industry-leading 5/50-year limited warranty for peace-of-mind protection.”

Trends come and go. When it comes to your home, it’s important to focus on the value of longevity in durability and design. Incorporating styles, like sleek and smooth, that have lasting appeal and can be easily updated to keep up with the times will guarantee that you’re making a lasting investment.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

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Outdoor Living5 min

How to Transform a Backyard Shed to Tackle New Year’s Resolutions

The end of the year is just around the corner, which means so are New Year’s resolutions. According to recent research, approximately 60% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% stick to them. Whether you’re planning to tackle popular resolutions like exercising more, learning a new hobby or something else entirely, one thing remains constant—it is important to create a dedicated space in your home where you can focus on your new goals.

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