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Engineered for Extremes

The team at ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition reality TV show rebuilds houses across the country, from the unforgiving deserts of California to the humid Maryland coast. They need a siding product with proven durability in all environments. No matter the climate, engineered wood has risen to the challenge.

Engineered wood siding, specifically LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, is able to withstand extreme heat, cold, humidity and rainfall, making it a siding product for all climates. For more than a decade, LP SmartSide products have been subjected to constant high humidity and nearly a half inch of daily rainfall in Hilo, Hawaii.

For families in California, Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma and Georgia, engineered wood products such as LP SmartSide trim, siding, soffit and fascia have helped make their home renovation dreams come true.

Such was the case for Jeremy and Jennifer Williams, whose home in Pine Valley, Ga., was falling to pieces before the 2010 season finale of Extreme Makeover. Their son, Jacob, was born a paraplegic. Several years after his son’s birth, Jeremy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). The Williamses’ house was too small to accommodate two disabled family members, but the Extreme Makeover team took on the challenge.

With the help of Nationwide Custom Homes, a subsidiary of Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. family of builders, the Williamses’ home was rebuilt from the bottom up.

“As the director of the show, I’m responsible for picking out all the materials,” said Kim Lewis, art director for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “I love LP SmartSide products. They’re a lot easier to install than other siding products. We don’t have to wear masks, and our installers enjoy putting them in.”

Unlike fiber cement products, engineered wood siding requires no special handling or safety equipment to protect installers. Because LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is far less likely to break or crack than fiber cement and is a significantly lighter product, it can make for a quicker, easier installation.

“LP SmartSide products come in so many different profiles,” Lewis said. “I love that there are options to match almost any design style we’re looking for. And the great look of natural wood makes these homes just beautiful.” The variety of SmartSide lap, panel, shake, trim and soffit products have made engineered wood siding a favorite at Extreme Makeover projects across the country.

In addition, SmartSide is treated with LP’s SmartGuard® process, which includes zinc borate to help protect against fungal decay and termites. Exterior-grade resins are used to bond the product together and provide additional moisture protection.

Because of its proven strength, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is a great product for all climates, fighting humidity and extreme temperatures as well as keeping termites at bay.

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