Industry Trends12 min

The Benefits of Utilizing LP Building Products for Outdoor Structures

The unique features of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products make them ideally suited for use in outdoor structures. These engineered building materials are backed by nearly two decades of performance and offer long-term durability. They also feature industry-leading warranty coverage. What’s not to love?

“We are in a time when most people are looking for easy-maintenance outdoor structures,” explains Anthony Crisi, sales manager at G & B Sheds in Royersford, Pennsylvania. “It’s no shock that customers aim to purchase sheds that they don’t have to repair or repaint on a frequent basis. With LP shed products’ extreme durability and being engineered with the SmartGuard® process, customers can confidently achieve this easy-maintenance goal.”

Benefit #1: Outstanding Performance

Shed walls made from LP SmartSide panels, lap siding and trim offer all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood. But this beauty is more than skin-deep: after more than 20 years and many billion square feet on the market, LP SmartSide siding and trim are widely regarded as a tried-and-true alternative for homeowners who want durable, cost-effective products that stand up to everything from driving rain to termites.

Benefit #2: Long-Term Durability

LP’s treated wood technology features the proprietary SmartGuard process. Wall and flooring products are treated to the core with four components of protection that add strength and help withstand moisture intrusion, impact damage and fungal decay. Intensive testing has shown that LP shed products stand up to extreme weather.

Alan Jumper, Technical Sales Manager for LP Building Products, explains more about how the SmartGuard process helps protect sheds against the natural elements. "The LP SmartGuard process uses an EPA-registered wood preservative, zinc borate, along with MDI resins and hydrophobic waxes to protect the SmartSide siding and trim products from the elements. This keeps fungal decay and termites at bay, so you can enjoy your shed for years to come."

Benefit #3: Exciting Style Options

A shed doesn't have to be an eyesore. Ensure your home and your shed complement each other with a wide array of siding choices from the LP SmartSide product line, including LP SmartSide lap siding, cedar texture shake siding, panel & vertical siding, trim & fascia, and soffit panels. "LP sheds have some of the finest siding I have seen in my 20 years in the shed industry," says Crisi. Use this tool to help you estimate what shed size you need.

Benefit #4: Warranty Coverage

If it is peace of mind you’re searching for, LP has your back with industry-leading limited warranties on its outdoor building products. See complete warranty details on all LP® Outdoor Building Solution® products.

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High-quality engineered building materials from LP offer strength, durability and consistency, and are backed by customer service you can count on. To purchase a shed built from these innovative products, find a shed dealer near you.

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Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

January and February typically usher in the season's coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it's often the freeze/thaw cycle--cold days followed by quick warm-ups--that can cause significant damage to a home's siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?

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Best House Sheathing for Cold Climates

With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let's explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.