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Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

Saving Time & Labor
When prefinished siding gets installed, the job is essentially done. Because there’s no painting involved aside from touch ups, there’s no chance for overspray, dripping or splattering that take time to correct. Craig Kuhnle, LP Building Solutions Territory Sales Manager of the Southeast elaborates on the benefits saying, “Having to paint siding adds man hours. Prefinished siding comes out ready to install, so it helps to save on labor costs. It also typically has a well-backed warranty, so the workability and time-saving benefits are clear.”

Creating a Cleaner Jobsite
With prefinished siding, there are no paint cans and clean-up materials strewn around the side of the house. Kuhnle also points out, “Overspray can be a challenge with siding that isn’t prefinished. This can extend beyond your surrounding property landscape if you have neighbors in a very close vicinity.” To avoid the potential mess, Kuhnle recommends prefinished siding as the best option.

Keeping Color Consistent
Prefinished engineered wood siding gets coated in factory-controlled conditions that follow stringent quality control procedures. After the material gets coated, it goes through a drying oven and then is carefully wrapped for shipping to the jobsite. Thanks to its precision manufacturing, engineered wood prefinished siding allows for no color variations, lap marks, shrink lines or streaking. So, as Kuhnle says, “When homeowners are selecting their paint color for their engineered wood siding, they can expect color consistency when it gets delivered to their door.”

Maintaining High Quality
Prefinished engineered wood siding is designed so that every board receives a uniform finish, which helps promote even weathering, creating less maintenance for homeowners over time. The manufacturing of prefinished engineered wood siding also ensures exceptional quality control that creates a better finish.

With its numerous advantages, prefinished siding is a trend on the rise for both homeowners and builders alike. Learn more about the benefits of  Factory Prefinished LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding to determine if prefinished siding is the best product for your residing project.

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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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Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

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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.