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Siding Gets Smart
Over the next several years, above-average gains are expected in the siding market, according to a report from Freedonia, a Cleveland-based market research group. As both residential and non-residential builders look to project exteriors, technological improvements to treated engineered wood can provide them with superior siding options.
With so many products to choose from (vinyl, fiber cement, brick, stucco, etc.)what makes treated engineered wood different? Quite a lot actually, and it all starts with the manufacturing process. Take LP® SmartSide® Siding as an example. The SmartGuard® manufacturing process really sets engineered wood apart from alternative siding materials.
The process begins with geometrically controlled pieces of wood bonded together using advanced resins created specifically for exterior applications. Zinc borate, a recognized wood preservative for engineered wood siding, is also impregnated throughout the entire wood substrate. An MDI saturated and pre-primed overlay is applied to the substrate for additional protection against the elements.
Then, the wood resin and zinc borate saturated wood strands, along with the advanced overlay, are put into a press under very high pressure and heat, creating a chemical reaction between the MDI resins and cellulosic fibers of the wood. The result is a unified and chemically bonded substrate that can stand up to the harsh conditions of almost any environment. The SmartGuard process is the reason LP is able to offer a 5/50 limited warranty unlike any other in the industry.
Special ingredients added during the process play a crucial role in giving engineered wood siding its strength, performance and protection against fungal decay and termites. The ingredients used to treat the product make all the difference:
• Hydrophobic waxes limit moisture absorption.
• Durable exterior grade resins tightly bind ingredients together.
• Zinc borate helps prevent moisture degradation, and helps protect the boards from fungal decay, rot and termites.
• High quality resin-impregnated overlays create durable, beautiful, ready-to-paint surfaces.
Engineered wood siding was first introduced in the United States in the late 1990s, and the technology has only improved over the years.
What Builders Are Saying About Treated Engineered Wood Siding
“With SmartSide, you don’t get the waviness from the wood like you see with vinyl. There are also not as many seams, overall, creating a more solid look.”
“SmartSide has helped us build homes that start beautiful and stay beautiful. It gives us the authentic look of wood that continues to hold up over time.”
Construction Manager Cottage Home
“When they see the difference, most of our customers prefer SmartSide over vinyl or cement board. The look is more real, more natural. In our cold northern climate, with really high humidity in the summer and low temperatures in the winter, this product can handle the elements very well.”
CEO & Co-owner Cobblestone Homes
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