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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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Six Exterior Window Trim Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home

Redoing your home’s exterior can be a big undertaking. If you’re looking for a simple way to update your home’s exterior, window trim is a great place to start. Updating your trim color or texture can transform the look and feel of your home without executing an entire re-side. For those looking to do a full re-side, considering outside window trim ideas to suit your housing style will finish off the look of your build.

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Soffit vs. Fascia: What’s the Difference?

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Exterior Home Color Ideas with Lasting Appeal

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9 Exterior Home Design Ideas

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