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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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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Trends6 min
A Homeowner’s Guide to Siding Terminology

Working with contractors can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially when you’re not familiar with their technical lingo. Like many professions, contractors use building terms and phrases that may be common for them but are often foreign to the homeowners they work with.

Curb Appeal5 min
Paint Color Combinations to Enhance Your Home’s Exterior

When it comes to a remodeling project, one of the first concerns homeowners have is paint color. With a plethora of color options and everchanging color trends, picking the right color to accentuate your home’s exterior can be quite a daunting task. Because picking the right paint colors can be the difference between good and great, we’re taking a deep dive into the color trends of today.

Curb Appeal6 min
Top 4 Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas & Tips

Once the autumn leaves have fallen and the nights begin to grow longer, it’s the annual signal that it’s time to start decorating for the holidays. And while many homeowners divert their attention to interior holiday décor, giving your home’s exterior a festive punch will ensure it’s a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. Need some outdoor holiday decorating ideas? We compiled the top 2019 exterior decorating trends that will be all the rage this holiday season.