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Why You Should Use Factory Prefinished LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding

Whether you’re an architect, builder or remodeler, at some point you will have to determine if you will purchase prefinished engineered wood siding or have it painted on-site when specifying new siding for projects. If your most important priority is finish quality, LP SmartSide recommends factory prefinished siding from our LP Pre-Finish Network. Here’s why....

Benefits of the Factory Finishing Process

Factory finishing, also called machine finishing, is becoming more popular as the technical quality and the availability of finishing plants increases. Inside the plant, all the factors that negatively affect the quality of a site-applied siding finish can be controlled. Temperature and humidity – which leave a painter at the mercy of the weather forecast and can cause considerable delays – are controlled during the painting and drying process. Unfinished siding can be shielded from precipitation and direct sunlight, and there is no wind-blown dust and dirt to disturb a paint job as it dries.

The paint application process has been designed so that every board receives a uniform finish, which helps to retain the beautiful wood grain profile of LP SmartSide siding products.  It also promotes even weathering, creating less maintenance for the homeowner over time. Additionally, prefinishing of LP SmartSide often costs significantly less than on-site painting.

With exceptional quality control that ensures a better finish, our Preferred Prefinishers confidently back their prefinished SmartSide products with a minimum 15-year finish warranty plus a labor component covering the first five years.

Find an LP® Preferred Prefinisher Near You

Regardless of which Preferred Prefinisher finishes your LP SmartSide products, you will receive a beautiful factory finish without the hassle and expense of a site-applied finish, and backed by a minimum 15-year coatings warranty against paint failure. It’s a win-win for the contractor and the homeowner! Discover the a complete list of the LP Pre-Network or contact your local LP sales representative.

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Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

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How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.

Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. If your backyard could use some sprucing up before then, follow these six steps to make it worthy of all your free time this summer.

Maintenance5 min
Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

Your home’s exterior serves as an important first impression and may make or break your property’s value. So, sometimes it is what’s on the outside that matters most. With summer in full swing, it’s time to take on those much-needed outdoor projects that were neglected during the winter months. You may have several home improvement projects you want to tackle, so how do you know which will provide the best value?