Renovation4 min

Vinyl vs. Engineered Wood Siding: The Big Differences

An Ohio-based plastics manufacturer was the first company to produce vinyl home siding in the 1950s. Early versions of the material suffered from color variation, fading, cracking and buckling. With continued development, manufacturers were able to develop vinyl formulations that lessened many of these problems, and the popularity of vinyl siding quickly grew due to its low maintenance requirements and affordability.

New technologies led to the development of engineered wood in the latter part of the twentieth century. Like vinyl, engineered wood resists rot, termites and fungal decay. Consider these differences that have allowed LP® SmartSide® trim and siding to become a top choice for remodelers and homeowners alike.

Composition. LP SmartSide engineered wood is made of treated wood strands and fibers combined with a resin binder for strength. This composition makes engineered wood thicker and stronger than vinyl.

Rich cedar grain texture. With its deep cedar grain and defining shadow lines, LP SmartSide siding gives you the undeniable look of real wood, unlike vinyl siding. The nominal thickness of vinyl does not allow for the deep shadow lines and texture that are necessary for a realistic wood look.

Impact resistance. Because of its unique engineering, LP SmartSide siding offers incredible strength to resist impact damage. This strength was proven in an independent NASA evaluation that found SmartSide siding more impact-resistant than fiber cement when struck with high-speed projectiles which included a baseball, golf ball, river rock and marbles. By contrast, vinyl siding is prone to damage from hail and other flying objects.

Heat resistance. Thanks to industrial-grade resins and binders and a durable coating, LP SmartSide siding remains strong even after prolonged exposure to intense sunlight and hot weather. Vinyl siding has been known to melt when subjected to intense sunlight bouncing off nearby windows.

The Upside of Value for Home Siding

LP invites you to find out more about the advantages of SmartSide engineered wood trim and siding for your home. Discover why our products are an excellent choice for exterior remodeling, and see what you can achieve with different SmartSide siding options using the LP SmartSide Visualizer. When you’re ready, connect with preferred siding contractors near you to get started!

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Curb Appeal5 min

How to Coordinate Exterior House Colors and Features

Though your siding will likely make up the bulk of your exterior, there are multiple elements at play to consider when choosing colors—things like window trim, garage doors and roofing. Though these factors are often overlooked in the excitement of choosing a new siding color, they are key to achieving a cohesive exterior.

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Trends5 min
4 Siding Tips for First-Time Homeowners

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming, from financing and budgeting to navigating inspections and paperwork. Then, of course, there’s the matter of touring properties and finding your first place to call home.

Curb Appeal6 min
How to Choose a Color Scheme for Your Home’s Aesthetic

For years now, the modern farmhouse look has become a top choice for homeowners—for both the interior and exterior of the home. White modern farmhouse siding and rustic interior décor have led the way in home trends, but there are many other options that can fit your aesthetic if the modern farmhouse look isn’t for you.

Curb Appeal6 min
Modern Home Siding Design Ideas

To help you start visualizing your home’s look, we’ve gathered a list of modern house siding ideas you can accomplish with one of the most durable siding solutions on the market: LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding.