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When to Replace Siding: Preparing & Navigating the Process

As a residential remodeler, anticipating the potential issues that could lurk beneath old siding is key to planning an efficient re-siding project. While removing siding can be a fairly quick process, it’s not uncommon to discover siding installation mistakes that could lead to much more extensive repairs.

Specifically, improper installation steps like leaving sheathing unprotected, not capping corner posts, not flashing bottoms of the windows and/or doors, or neglecting to use a housewrap or a weather-resistant barrier could result in long-term moisture damage or pest infestation. 

If these mistakes were made, you’ll likely encounter mold and fungal decay caused by extensive moisture problems or a family of pests that must be evicted. Depending on the extent of the siding damage you may need to replace the framing and/or sheathing or, in some cases, add a barrier to prevent previous damage from reoccurring.

Kyle Stumpenhorst, owner of Rural Renovators, recently completed a re-side and encountered unexpected damage. He offers some advice, “You never know what you’re going to find under old siding. Add wiggle room in your initial budget and construction schedule in case you need to invest in additional materials and spend extra hours to solve unforeseen problems. This will best prepare your customer and save you a headache…or two.”

If a tear-off and unforeseen repairs add a significant amount of man hours to even the extended schedule, rely on the time-saving installation of LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding. This prefinished option eliminates the need to paint your trim and siding, and the availability of 16-foot lengths can also allow for faster installation. It also includes LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Lap, which helps builders avoid the need for seam caulking, joint molds or pan flashing at butt joints.

Stumpenhorst adds, “In using LP SmartSide siding products on my recent re-side, I can confidently say that the durability can help make up for lost time spent on unexpected repairs. This is a huge benefit when you have a small crew and need siding that is easier to carry and install with fewer people. The new prefinished siding option is even better, as you can save on paint labor and costs.”

Be prepared for potential issues so you can approach your next remodel with a strategic plan. Need more reasons why switching to LP SmartSide siding products can save you time when replacing old siding? Check out this recent article.

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Resilient Construction: How To Make Your Builds More Weather-Resistant

You may have recently heard the terms “resilient construction” or “weather-resistant building” being used more frequently within the architectural and construction industries. But what do these terms mean exactly? The Resilient Design Institute defines resilient construction (or resiliency) as “the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance.”

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Top 5 Benefits of LP® BuildSmart™ Preferred Contractor Program

When it comes to the wide variety of contractor loyalty programs that exist on the market, the tangible payoff it can have on your business is not always clear. But, not to worry. Today we break down the details of the LP® BuildSmart™ Preferred Contractor Program.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Benefits Of LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier

Radiant barriers have become very popular with efficiency-minded builders in the recent years. This is largely due to the fact that when installed properly, a radiant barrier can reduce the impact of summer heat and yield tangible savings in cooling costs of a home—a persuasive selling point when addressing potential homeowners. But how does radiant barrier work and what exactly are its effects?

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Crushing the Top Rumors About Engineered Wood

LP Building Solutions uses engineered wood to create a portfolio of products that help professionals build smarter, better and faster. The innovations of engineered wood siding are relatively new. For instance, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding was introduced in 1997. Thanks to its advanced manufacturing process, it is one of the most durable siding solutions available. Sometimes people are skeptical of things that are really that good. So, let’s crush a few myths with engineered wood facts.