Maintenance5 min

What are the Signs You Need a Siding Replacement?

When installed properly, most siding options – including vinyl, aluminum and fiber cement – should last from 10 to 50 years. Quality siding helps protect a home’s exterior from potential damage caused by heat, cold, moisture, wind and fungal decay. It also can improve the overall curb appeal of your property. However, all types of siding will eventually break down or suffer damage. Here are some signs to help you determine whether siding replacement is necessary.

  • Storm damage. Hail damage is the easiest to see on siding. Heavy hail may leave holes in vinyl siding and dents in aluminum siding. Strong wind gusts can cause entire pieces of siding to be pulled off of the home. In these cases, replacement is essential. You will want to check with your homeowner’s insurance company to see if replacement is covered.
  • Sagging and cracking. If your siding sags and is cracked, it should be replaced. Sagging and cracking siding can allow water to seep behind the panels, leading to rot and decay.
  • Excessive peeling paint. There are many problems with wood siding that can lead to excessive peeling paint: the wrong choice of paint, poor ventilation behind the siding, long-term moisture penetration and more. If your paint job is flaking off and you are ready for siding options that require less maintenance, now is the time to replace.
  • Missing siding pieces. Missing siding is a serious issue and leaves your home vulnerable to premature siding failure, rot, termites and insect infestations. If your siding has been blown off, torn or is falling off, it requires prompt attention.
  • Fungal decay or termite damage. You may not know you have a termite infestation until considerable damage has occurred. Because termites and certain types of fungi feed on wood, they can compromise the aesthetics, strength and stability of wood siding.

LP® SmartSide®: A Durable Siding Option

Disregarding any of these siding issues can lead to damage that costs thousands of dollars to repair. If you know your siding needs to be replaced, we invite you to consider the benefits of LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding. All LP SmartSide products feature the innovative, four-step SmartGuard® manufacturing process for exceptional strength and resistance to fungal decay and termites.

 

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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.

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Trends5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.

Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. If your backyard could use some sprucing up before then, follow these six steps to make it worthy of all your free time this summer.