Softwood species such as cedar, pine, fir and spruce are frequent choices for homes with traditional exterior wood siding and fencing. There are architects who are wood purists and love the natural appeal of wood even though there are many installation and maintenance issues associated with lap, cedar shake and wood siding panels when they specify these materials. Let’s take a closer look at some of the challenges that installers and homeowners face when using traditional wood siding.
Wood siding naturally includes knots, voids, cracks and other irregularities. Natural wood defects require more maintenance and are often graded as lower quality material. This process increases the cost of the wood. Loose knots can wiggle free and come out of the board, leaving behind a gaping hole. Nailing into knots is difficult, and cracks in a board allow water to get inside the wood and promote rot. To avoid these defects, an installer must cull through lumber on the jobsite, picking and choosing the best pieces of wood. This results in more material waste and increased installation and labor time.
In the woods, it’s natural for sap to ooze out of the knots in trees. When it comes to siding, pitch and resin can cause major problems with the appearance of painted wood surfaces. Certain tree species, such as red pine, have more resin that results in excessive oozing at the knot. This is especially problematic when the wood is exposed to higher temperatures.
Many an installer has been frustrated when they paint the surface of real wood siding, only to find that resin bleeds through the knots and turns the paint yellow-brown. With further exposure to weather, the discolored paint can become brittle, crack and peel.
LP SmartSide trim and siding feature beautiful wood grain patterns in authentic natural textures. While there are knots included in the texture, these only replicate the natural grain of wood. Our innovative engineered wood products are free of natural wood defects. Because every inch has been treated with our SmartGuard® process to resist termites and decay, you can be confident LP SmartSide products will remain durable and strong.
Many of your clients may not consider the value—or impact—that soffit can have on their home. They may focus on siding and trim, while soffit isn’t top of mind. However, when it comes to exterior home upgrades, you have the chance to discuss why installing good soffit is critical to the home’s structure as well as how it can contribute to curb appeal.Continue Reading
As homeowners become increasingly dedicated to sustainable solutions for their homes, building professionals must also respond by improving environmental sustainability in construction. The benefits of building with the environment in mind are endless—and when sustainable products are built for durability and strength as well, it’s an all-around win.
As builders set their sights on constructing more durable, resilient homes, combating moisture concerns—both during and after the build—is critical. Let’s see how professionals are using exterior sheathing as a one part of their moisture management solutions.
Finding the proper fire-resistance-rated OSB assembly that meets code compliance and a building’s structural requirements can be tricky. This is true especially in today’s building environment when architects are asked not only to maximize space and building performance but overall cost-effectiveness as well.