LP SmartSide Trim & Siding vs. DuraTemp Siding

Though LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding and DuraTemp® Siding both offer cedar or real-wood aesthetics and are sometimes seen as comparable products, there are in fact many characteristics that set them apart. Let’s examine each one closer to see which is a better choice for your home.

Compare LP SmartSide Siding vs. DuraTemp Siding

Let’s see how LP SmartSide siding and DuraTemp siding compare in some key areas:


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Whereas DuraTemp panel is a panelized plywood product with a softwood core veneer and a hardboard face veneer, LP SmartSide siding uses treated wood strands combined with a resin binder for strength.


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DuraTemp panel siding provides a singular option for your home’s look, but LP SmartSide siding products allow you to customize a look you’ll love with versatile options like smooth and cedar texture lap siding, panel and vertical siding, trim, shakes, soffit and more.


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LP SmartSide products boast four components of protection from the SmartGuard® process for added strength while DuraTemp siding relies on a plywood veneer inner core that may absorb water faster than engineered wood.


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DuraTemp siding may require more frequent maintenance if the finish fails to provide adequate protection, while LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products are designed to deliver years of protection with periodic easier maintenance.

Unique Process for Better Protection

LP SmartSide siding is a more durable material than DuraTemp siding, in part because of its proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process. This process ensures that every strand of wood is treated with a carefully formulated mix of resins, waxes, and zinc borate, and finished with an overlay to offer superior protection against extreme heat, moisture, termites, and fungal decay.

Zinc Borate
This naturally derived additive helps engineered wood resist damage from termites and fungal decay.
Engineered wood stands up to impact and survives freeze/thaw cycles due to resins that offer incredible strength.
Designed to resist moisture, waxes coat each strand to offer enhanced durability in humid environments.
This final element of protection resists moisture intrusion, providing a durable base for a finished look.

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