Engineered Wood Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding and wood siding are two of the most common siding types on the market—yet they are distinctively different. So what are some of the things you should think about to make the best choice for your home? Let’s take a closer look at LP® SmartSide® siding vs. vinyl siding.

LP SmartSide Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

While vinyl siding can be a cost-efficient choice for many homeowners, it comes with a set of challenges—durability being a key one among them. If you’re looking for a material that will truly stand up to Mother Nature and withstand the test of time, engineered wood siding is the one you want.
vinyl siding
Vinyl siding is an engineered exterior siding product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride. Though it is considered a cost-efficient product, it lacks the durability or aesthetic value of engineered wood siding.
SmartSide siding
Engineered wood exterior siding uses engineered wood strand technology along with the SmartGuard® process to deliver superior protection against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites. It also offers the charm and beauty associated with traditional wood, but none of its drawbacks.

Compare LP SmartSide Engineered Wood Siding and Vinyl Siding

Let’s see how vinyl siding and engineered wood siding compare in some key areas:


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LP SmartSide engineered wood siding has a higher insulation R-value than that of traditional vinyl, making homes more energy efficient.


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LP SmartSide siding can withstand wind gusts up to 200 mph and comes with a 50-year warranty, while vinyl is not likely to hold up to harsh weather.


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Vinyl typically costs less than engineered wood siding but offers significantly lower aesthetic value for a home.


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Both LP SmartSide siding and vinyl siding require little maintenance, but vinyl is more likely to scratch, crack or warp.

How Durable is LP SmartSide Siding?

LP SmartSide siding can withstand wind gusts up to 200 mph and comes with a 50-year limited warranty, while vinyl is not likely to hold up to harsh weather.

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Unique Process for Improved Protection

LP SmartSide siding is a more durable material than vinyl 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 complete protection against extreme heat, moisture, termites, and fungal decay.

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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