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All About Exterior Paint for LP Engineered Wood Siding

Regular painting is a necessary component to maintaining engineered wood siding for the long term. Here are some helpful tips that you should know when deciding how to paint your LP® SmartSide® siding options

Priming the Siding

To protect the product and to save you time, the front and edge surfaces of LP SmartSide siding and trim are primed at the factory. Sometimes as the products are cut on the jobsite, it leaves the wood substrate exposed. According to the terms of LP's application instructions, all exposed edges of LP® SmartSide® siding and trim must be primed and painted with approved paint to protect the siding substrate. The back side is better left unpainted. Therefore, do not prime the back side of the siding or trim. While back priming has proven to be useful to control tannin staining with some types of solid wood siding, trim and some composite sidings, LP SmartSide products are not intended to be back primed.

Types of Paint to Use

When you are selecting paint to use on LP SmartSide engineered wood products, we highly recommend acrylic latex coatings designed specifically for wood composites. Refer to the paint manufacturer's application instructions.

Don’t Use Transparent Stains

There are new acrylic latex paints commercially available that can replicate the appearance of a semi-transparent stain. Refer to the paint manufacturer's application instructions for proper finishing.

Find an LP® SmartSide® Preferred Prefinisher

LP SmartSide siding and trim can be purchased primed or prefinished.  If you are interested in either of these options, contact your local retailer for details. LP has established a network of finishing professionals to provide beautiful, convenient prefinished products across the U.S. Each offers a wide selection of siding colors, including unique regional custom colors. These finishing professionals offer prefinished products with a minimum 15-year finish warranty and a labor component covering the first five years.

To find out where to purchase LP SmartSide siding options, locate a retailer or remodeler in your area.

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Renovation5 min

HOW TO USE THE LP® SMARTSIDE® HOME VISUALIZER

Planning to refresh your home's trim and fascia? Hoping to change the exterior entirely with a full re-side project? No matter your plans, choosing siding and trim colors can be difficult. Mentally visualizing how your home will look with a new product is a challenge-and it's even tougher to imagine the amount of change even just updating trim will bring. That's where the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer, a siding visualizer tool, comes in. This free tool can help you explore home siding ideas to find the best siding color combinations for your home. Read more to find out how to use the tool-and why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can make all the difference for your home.

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Renovation6 min
Selecting LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding with Liz Marie Galvan

Re-siding your home is a significant investment and a long-term decision on your home's look. One of the first steps to siding a house is choosing a siding material that fits your needs. Being involved as you review types of siding and cost can give you confidence in your plans and peace of mind that the materials you choose are built to last. Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog shares her journey toward choosing LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding for her upcoming home re-siding project.

Renovation4 min
Checklist for How to Hire a Contractor

In this hiring a contractor checklist you’ll find expert guidance in connecting with the right contractor for your re-side project, including questions to ask and quick tips.

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A Deep Dive into the LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Limited Warranty

Let’s break down the limited warranty for LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding so you can be one step closer to choosing one of the most durable siding solutions on the market.