Menu
Business Advice3 min

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.

Continue Reading
Inspiration8 min

What is the Best Siding to Work With on the Jobsite?

“Best” means something different for every builder, but there are some universal qualifiers among builders looking for the best siding on the market. Jobsite efficiency, product durability and client satisfaction are on that list. At LP, we have the privilege of working with skilled building professionals around the country who have chosen LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding for their builds time and again because they believe it to be the best on the market.

Continue Reading
Industry Trends3 min
How Resiliency Factors into Building Code Requirements

Historically, updates to building codes are adopted slowly across the United States. From state to state, builders often follow different codes depending on how recently code updates in their area have been implemented.

Industry Trends7 min
Can Structural Solutions Products Be Used in Commercial Builds?

Many commercial builders opt for premium engineered wood products, such as those in the LP® Structural Solutions portfolio, as their primary commercial building materials, chosen for strength, versatility, consistency, labor savings and more.

Business Advice7 min
Tips for Contractors: Reputation Management & Gaining Trust After Weather Events

If a significant winter weather event happens in your area and there are many homes that sustain damage, it can be a great time to help ensure homeowners know your business is available. But spreading the word about your business and interacting with potential clients in the right way is key to gaining trust.