Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for additional guidance when it comes to building or buying your outdoor structure? We’ve compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products to help you find what you’re looking for.
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About the Product

Installation

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About the Product

Where can I find Shed Dealers in my area?

If you are interested in buying a pre-built or customized shed, you can find a local LP Shed Dealer in your area by selecting from our list of trusted resources here.

Where can I find LP® SmartSide® products?

If you’re a building professional, call 1-844-557-7433 to find out which Dealers in your area carry LP SmartSide products.

We recommend that homeowners visit their local retailers to check out LP SmartSide product offerings. Variety and inventory may vary from retailer to retailer.

What is the difference between the various LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding products?

LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding is a durable siding option manufactured with the SmartGuard® process for protection against fungal decay and termites, and the panels offer exceptional impact resistance. This is often used alongside other LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding products and comes with technology options that allow use on interior and exterior of your outdoor structures.

LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding with SmartFinish® includes a durable overlay that gives the inside of shed walls a clean, finished appearance

LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding with SilverTech® features a radiant barrier that leads to a clean and bright appearance for your shed’s interior that resists flaking and peeling.

To learn out more the benefits and proper use of these products, click here.

Installation

Do I need any special tools to work with LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding?

No. LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products can be installed on sheds using common woodworking tools.

Can soffit be used as a siding material?

Most soffit is not recommended for use as siding materials. Refer to the LP Outdoor Building Solutions product catalog for more information.

Can LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding with SilverTech® or SmartFinish® be painted?

LP SmartSide Panel Siding with SilverTech or SmartFinish has been aesthetically designed as a finished shed product. LP has not tested this application and does not have guidance on this topic.

Can LP® ProStruct® Flooring with SmartFinish® be painted?

LP ProStruct Flooring with SmartFinish has been aesthetically designed as a finished shed product. LP has not tested this application and does not have guidance on this topic.

Can LP SmartSide products be installed over rainscreens?

Yes, but not all products can be installed over a rainscreen. For technical assistance, please call 888-820-0325.

Is a water-resistive barrier (WRB) recommended for sheds or accessory structures?

A water-resistant barrier (WRB) is not required for most accessory structures. Please consult your local building code for details.

Do I need WRB if I plan on insulating and my shed?

Yes, LP recommends the use of a water-resistive barrier if you plan to insulate the shed walls. It can be difficult to add WRB once siding has been installed so we suggest planning ahead.

If you’re planning on insulating a shed, consider choosing LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding since SmartFinish® and SilverTech® panels are intended for open wall use.

Can I apply a flooring material on top of LP® ProStruct® Flooring?

LP® ProStruct® Flooring with SmartFinish® has been aesthetically designed as a finished shed flooring. LP has not tested this application and does not have guidance on this topic.

What foundation can you use for a shed?

There are three types of foundations you can use for a shed – crushed stone, concrete pad, or treated 4”x6” beams. For further details, please refer to the LP® ProStruct® Flooring Installation Instructions.

How high should a shed be off the ground?

A minimum of 6” is required between the ground and the LP® ProStruct® Flooring with SmartFinish®. Also, ensure the siding or trim is a minimum 6” clear from grade.

Where can I find more information on installation?

For additional information regarding installation, please refer to our library of technical documents.

Other

How can I receive an LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® product catalog?

To receive an LP Outdoor Building Solutions product catalog, please call 888-820-0325 or download our digital version here.

Where can I see product dimensions and weight?

Product dimensions and weight can be found in tables listed in our LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® catalog. The tables are generally located below or next to the product of interest.

Where can I find LP® SmartSide® product warranty information?

For warranty information regarding LP SmartSide products, click here. To learn about product warranties specific for your outdoor building project, such as LP® ProStruct® Flooring, check out these resources.

How do I maintain my siding?

Please reference our Care and Maintenance instructions for general maintenance.