May 11, 2017

LP Now Warrants Its Engineered Wood Siding For Hail Damage

Builders and remodelers use LP SmartSide treated engineered wood siding with confidence because it has advanced durability.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 11, 2017) – Builders and remodelers use LP® SmartSide® treated engineered wood siding with confidence because it has advanced durability. It’s now also warranted for hail damage.

In 2015, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, 5 411 major hailstorms were reported. These storms occurred in all 48 continental states. With this much severe weather across the country, hail-resistant siding can be a huge selling point for builders and remodelers in marketing to consumers.

Texas Tech Testing – Better Hail Resistance than Fiber Cement and Vinyl

Laboratory tests illustrate the durability of LP SmartSide products. In testing conducted at the National Wind Institute’s Debris Impact Facility at Texas Tech University®, LP SmartSide lap siding resisted hail damage better than comparable fiber cement or vinyl siding:

  • LP SmartSide siding showed no signs of impact after being struck by 1,75-inch hail at 81 mph.
  • Fiber cement siding showed dents ranging from 0,082 inches to 0,201 inches deep after being struck by 1,75-inch hail at 74 mph.
  • Vinyl siding was fractured by hail of just 1,25 inches at 57 mph.

"With vinyl and fiber cement siding there's a greater risk of hail damage than with LP SmartSide engineered wood lap siding. The advanced durability gained through our proprietary SmartGuard® process helps resist hail damage," said Rick Marsh, segment manager, repair and remodeling (R&R), LP SmartSide Trim & Siding.

In addition, LP SmartSide products are pre-primed, and with lap siding pieces 25 percent longer and up to 39 percent lighter (per ft2) than fiber cement, installation can be easier and more efficient. With the skilled labor shortage, that’s critical.


Home Improvement and Hail – Kickoff to National Home Improvement Month

Spring and summer are the peak time when consumers make home improvements for all types of reasons. These are also the primary hail months. May is National Home Improvement Month and can be a good time for remodelers to educate consumers about exterior home improvement, including hail-resistant siding.

In addition to offering its impact and hail-resistant siding, LP helps homeowners locate local remodelers who are part of the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program and request quotes for LP SmartSide siding. "The LP BuildSmart Program provides our preferred contractors with comprehensive training on the proper installation of LP SmartSide products," Marsh said.

Comprehensive Warranty

LP SmartSide products are also backed by a 50-year prorated limited warranty with a 5-year 100-percent labor and material replacement warranty. See for complete warranty details.

For more information about LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, call toll-free 888.820.0325 or visit For more information about the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor program call 866.389.4657 or visit


About LP Building Solutions - As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the demands of builders worldwide. Its extensive offerings include innovative and dependable building products and accessories, such as LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP Structural Solutions portfolio (LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing and more), oriented strand board (OSB), LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®, and LP Elements® Performance Fencing. In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better World by helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 26 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil. For more information, visit