LP® SmartSide® Remodeler Spotlight: Buck Christensen, Eagle Siding

The Business

Buck Christensen founded Eagle Siding in 1995 as a business solely focused on siding. Given the company’s growth over the years, Eagle Siding has since expanded to offer a full portfolio of exterior services. Founded on the simple yet effective principle of “making customers happy,” Christensen attributes Eagle Siding’s prosperity to the company’s commitment to providing quality work, which has led them to becoming one of the most trusted contractors serving the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. A number of awards and certifications further back the quality craftsmanship provided by Eagle Siding, including Christensen’s Master Level recognition as an LP® BuildSmartTM Preferred Contractor.

The Build

Christensen recently had the opportunity to install the latest addition to the LP® SmartSide® portfolio, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, a prefinished option offered in 16 versatile colors. With his single-family residential renovation project, the homeowners looked to Christensen for ideas around how to create curb appeal for their home elevated at the top of a hill. Being an LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor, Christensen was confident he could deliver the transformation they were looking for with the premium quality of LP SmartSide ExpertFinish siding along with a quicker, more efficient installation process.

“I was amazed by how smooth the installation process went during my first project using LP SmartSide ExpertFinish Trim & Siding. The product makes for a more efficient installation in a number of ways beyond just the fact that it’s prefinished. I was most impressed by the ship lap feature, which eliminated the need for pan flashing at the butt joints and allowed for a more consistent installation as far as accurately spacing out the siding.” —Buck Christensen

In addition to contributing to easier installation and increased jobsite efficiency, Christensen said he was impressed with the versatile color selection of LP SmartSide ExpertFinish Trim & Siding, which features many trending exterior house colors. In fact, this was his client’s main deciding factor in their decision to go with LP SmartSide ExpertFinish siding because the range of colors allowed Christensen to offer the homeowners versatility when it came to meeting their personal preferences around blending building materials and exterior design trends. Ultimately, they landed on LP SmartSide ExpertFinish siding in Tundra Gray because of its neutral tone and ability to complement the earthy accent colors of the stone detailing.

The LP SmartSide Advantage

Christensen says the new LP SmartSide ExpertFinish Trim & Siding will only help to further exceed customer expectations as it offers the same advanced durability he has come to expect with LP SmartSide products, but will allow for even quicker installation due to the prefinishing and LP SmartSide ExpertFinish Lap Joint feature. He was particularly impressed by this new feature since it eliminated the need for joint molds or pan flashing at butt joints, offering labor and installation cost savings for his company.

Eagle Siding has been using LP SmartSide products for over a decade now. Christensen says, “The product speaks for itself once the customer is able to see it firsthand on a home, and see how quickly the installation process can go.” Additionally, Christensen values Eagle Siding’s membership in the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program as it provides the necessary training and resources to ensure his team is practicing the most innovative techniques when installing lap siding and producing quality results when tackling a renovation.