If you’re thinking about replacing your siding this year or you’re in the process of building a new home, you’ll need to decide on a siding material. And one of the best siding materials available for Minnesota homes is an engineered product called LP SmartSide.
In this post from The Construction Group, we’re breaking down the many benefits of LP SmartSide siding to help you make the right decision for your home. To learn more about LP SmartSide and schedule your consultation, give us a call.
What is LP SmartSide Siding?
LP SmartSide siding gives homes the look of real wood siding with the power of a high-performance engineered product. Using an engineered wood strand technology and their proprietary SmartGuard® process, LP manufactures siding that can stand up against extreme weather, termites, and more.
With the SmartGuard® manufacturing process, each individual strand of wood gets treated using a blend of waxes, resins, and zinc borate. Next, LP siding is treated with an overlay to completely protect against termites, fungus, moisture, hail, and more.
● Waxes: Waxes help create moisture resistance and increase durability. In a humid environment like Minnesota, this helps to extend the life of the product and resist mold proliferation inside your home.
● Resins: Resins increase the strength of LP siding to make it more resistant to freeze and thaw cycles.
● Zinc borate: Zinc borate is a naturally-derived additive that makes LP SmartSide more resistant to fungus and termites.
● Overlay: The final overlay completes the durable base needed to resist moisture intrusion.
Benefits of Using LP SmartSide Siding
LP SmartSide offers a number of benefits over traditional siding solutions including wood and vinyl siding.
1. LP SmartSide is easy to install.
LP SmartSide installs quickly thanks to its design and flexibility. LP is much lighter than fiber cement per linear foot and requires no special tools for cutting or installation, making it a perfect solution for new home builds or replacement siding.
2. Maintaining your siding has never been easier.
Forget about constantly replacing damaged planks. Engineered siding won’t warp or crack even after years of exposure to the elements.
3. LP SmartSide is a durable alternative to traditional wood siding.
Unlike traditional wood siding, which is biodegradable and can deteriorate over time, LP SmartSide can stand up to years of extreme weather as well as wind gusts of as much as 200 miles an hour.
LP siding is also more resistant to the big and small impacts that can happen to your siding when you’ve got a family or live in a busy neighborhood. Errant baseballs and bicycle crashes would have to work hard to leave their mark on LP siding. LP’s durability over fiber cement was even confirmed by NASA in an independent test.
4. It’s a sustainable siding material.
LP is committed to protecting the environment. That’s why LP manufactures its siding in accordance with the recommendations of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
5. SmartSide siding won’t effloresce.
One of the biggest disadvantages of fiber cement siding and other porous materials is efflorescence. When these materials come into contact with moisture, they tend to absorb it, and once that moisture gets inside the fiber cement, it sets off an unfortunate chain reaction.
First, the moisture inside the substrate dissolves minerals and salts. When solar radiation heats the siding, the trapped water escapes the siding, carrying with it the dissolved salts and minerals, and after the moisture is gone, the siding is left with a powdery white mineral deposit all over the surface. But with LP SmartSide siding, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of fiber cement siding without the hassle of efflorescence.
6. It’s backed by a powerful warranty.
Most siding materials come with a warranty. However, it’s important to understand the terms before making a final decision on siding material. With LP SmartSide, LP offers a limited warranty that lasts much longer than many fiber cement siding companies offer. That’s because LP comes with a 50-year limited warranty.
7. It’s a proven product.
When you purchase LP SmartSide siding, you get the peace of mind of knowing you’re investing in a product that has already stood up to the test of time. Since LP SmartSide was rolled out in 1997, the company has produced more than 8 billion square feet of SmartSide products that have been installed on more than 4 million homes.
8. You’ll save money on siding replacement.
As wood prices continue to increase, engineered siding costs remain relatively stable And because LP siding requires much less maintenance and saves you on energy costs, you’ll save money over time.
Order Your Twin Cities Siding Replacement Services
Are you ready to check out siding solutions for your home? Find out about LP SmartSide siding solutions including ExpertFinish® color options. Get your free quote by contacting The Construction Group in Woodbury at 651-731-5857 or connect with us online today.