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Did You Know? LP® SmartSide® Siding Can Be Used in High-Wind Areas

by Amy Lindholm, July 27, 2017

Did You Know? LP® SmartSide® Siding Can Be Used in High-Wind Areas

Summer is here, which means wind-driven rain and flying debris could soon be on the horizon. If you live near the Texas Gulf Coast or another high wind region, LP® SmartSide® engineered wood lap and engineered wood panel products offer excellent impact resistance.

Resists Wind-Driven Rain

LP SmartSide Trim & Siding are treated engineered wood products that give you the look of traditional wood siding while offering exceptional resistance to the elements. Every inch is treated to the core with an advanced formula of binders, waxes and zinc borate before a water-resistant, resin-saturated overlay is bonded to the surface. Thanks to these steps and others included in what we call the SmartGuard® process, all LP SmartSide products can survive pounding rain, year after year.

Brute Strength Against Impact

LP SmartSide siding helps to protect the appearance of exterior walls with its superior impact resistance. This strength has been proven in ballistic impact testing conducted by engineers at NASA. The impact damage resistance of LP SmartSide strand siding was evaluated by impacting siding samples at high speeds with items that could be considered potential impact threats, including golf balls and baseballs.  Comparable samples of fiber cement siding were also included in the testing.

When impacted by a golf ball and a baseball, respectively, both samples of fiber cement siding sustained a large hole and backside spalling. There was no visual evidence of damage to the LP siding samples after impact.

Meets Texas Gulf Coast Wind Speed Requirements

The Texas Department of Insurance requires that siding installed on structures in the Gulf Coast Region meet the guidelines of its windstorm building standard for building or remodeling. When installed to manufacturer specifications, LP SmartSide siding exceeds these strict requirements. In addition, our siding exceeds wind speed requirements of the International Code Council, the organization which develops building codes that are recognized by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Weather the Storm with LP® SmartSide® Siding

In addition to meeting tough coastal wind codes, LP backs the durability and performance of its products with one of the best warranties in the industry – the LP SmartSide 5/50 Year Limited Warranty. You can be confident installing LP siding materials on your structure.

Learn more about LP SmartSide lap siding, engineered wood panel products, building soffits and more by calling (888) 820-0325. An LP representative would be happy to schedule a product knowledge meeting at a time that’s convenient for you.


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