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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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Trends4 min

Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is “board and batten?” It’s a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

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Renovation5 min
Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home’s exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

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Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We’re breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.

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When to Replace Old, Decaying Siding

Fungal decaying siding can cause a multitude of problems such as improperly heating and cooling your home and even compromising its structure. Many times, fungal decay is hidden and homeowners may not know how to spot the warning signs. And if they do, it can be difficult to gauge whether it’s time for a siding replacement or repair. But have no fear. We’re offering an in-depth guide on the signs to spot fungal decay and, more importantly, what to do next.