[VIDEO] LP® SmartSide® Panel Application Tips & Tricks
by Amy Lindholm, September 15, 2016
Not all exterior siding options are created equal. LP shed products are beautiful and exceptionally durable to make your storage building or other structure a cut above the rest. If you’re ready to start a shed project, check out this video to see some quick tips for success when installing LP® SmartSide® panel siding.
Build It Up
When building your shed, make sure to keep LP SmartSide panel siding at least six inches from the ground. To achieve this, use blocks on a gravel base or materials designed for ground contact under the skids. You’ll get the proper ground clearance and be able to level your shed.
Plan for Easy Cuts
Avoid making long vertical cuts by ensuring all LP SmartSide panel joints meet on a stud. If they don’t, you can always add an extra stud where the panels meet. If you have to cut a panel, make the cut at the end of the wall where it will be covered by trim.
Always install your windows and flashing to the studs before you hang your LP SmartSide panel siding. Carefully cut the window opening in the panel with a 3/16-inch gap along the sides and the bottom of the window, and a 3/8-inch gap along the top. This will allow you to slope the flashing to channel water over the window head.
It’s easy to install LP SmartSide panels perfectly straight by nailing a level 2×4 ledger board around the floor joists. Position and secure the panels per your nailing instructions, then remove the ledger board.
Build With Us®
See Lap Application Tips and Tricks for LP SmartSide. Stay tuned for more Quick Tips Videos, coming soon!