It's a new year-and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it's the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you're just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.
Before diving into the key components to look for when choosing siding, let’s take a quick look at how popular siding materials compare to engineered wood and discover which is the most durable house siding.
Traditional wood siding is sourced from trees such as cedar and redwood. Because it is not treated, it is highly biodegradable and may be less durable than other siding materials such as engineered wood.
Fiber cement is an exterior home building material consisting of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. While fiber cement can offer the look of painted wood clapboards, shingles and even stone or brick, it may lack the industry-leading durability offered by engineered wood siding such as LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.
Vinyl siding is an engineered exterior siding product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride. It may be considered a cost-efficient option but can lack the durability and aesthetic value of engineered wood siding.
Engineered Wood Siding
LP SmartSide engineered wood exterior siding uses engineered wood strand technology along with the SmartGuard® process to help deliver superior protection against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites. It also offers the charm and beauty associated with traditional wood without its drawbacks.
LP SmartSide siding boasts one of the most important siding attributes: durability. When choosing material for your home, this is the most critical feature to keep in mind in order to maximize the lifetime of your build. When choosing a new exterior material, an important factor to consider is your climate: does your area typically experience heavy wind, rain, hail or humidity? Your siding will need to be able to stand up to a range of unpredictable weather conditions. Opting for engineered wood siding such as LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, which uses engineered wood strand technology, helps provide superior protection against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites.
Not only can LP SmartSide products stand up to Mother Nature, but they are also more impact-resistant than most competitors, including fiber cement. In independent NASA testing, LP SmartSide engineered wood resisted impacts from baseballs and golf balls traveling at high speeds, while damage was sustained by fiber cement siding under similar conditions. This makes LP SmartSide siding one of the most durable siding solutions on the market.
In addition to maximum durability, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding offers a premium aesthetic that helps enhance curb appeal. LP SmartSide products are offered in ExpertFinish® colors and are factory finished with acrylic latex paint. As we look toward 2022, trending exterior house colors such as ExpertFinish trim and siding in Abyss Black continue to take the lead, but lighter neutrals like the ExpertFinish shade Snowscape White remain classics year after year. If you are updating your siding in the new year, prefinished siding offers a great looking exterior that will remain durable in a wide range of conditions.
Explore the full range of durable and stylish LP SmartSide products.
When it comes to your home's exterior, choosing siding colors is the perfect opportunity to showcase your personal style while enhancing curb appeal. As 2022 unfolds, let's take a look at this year's trending exterior house colors and strike inspiration for your next home update.
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The beginning of spring is a great time of year to assess your siding for signs of damage. After a hard winter season with weather concerns such as ice and low temperatures, siding damage from winter and its affects can happen. If missed, small fixable areas of siding damage can turn into larger concerns down the road.