Business Advice3 min

When to Replace Siding: Preparing & Navigating the Process

As a residential remodeler, anticipating the potential issues that could lurk beneath old siding is key to planning an efficient re-siding project. While removing siding can be a fairly quick process, it's not uncommon to discover siding installation mistakes that could lead to much more extensive repairs.

Specifically, improper installation steps like leaving sheathing unprotected, not capping corner posts, not flashing bottoms of the windows and/or doors, or neglecting to use a housewrap or a weather-resistant barrier could result in long-term moisture damage or pest infestation. 

If these mistakes were made, you'll likely encounter mold and fungal decay caused by extensive moisture problems or a family of pests that must be evicted. Depending on the extent of the siding damage you may need to replace the framing and/or sheathing or, in some cases, add a barrier to prevent previous damage from reoccurring.

Kyle Stumpenhorst, owner of Rural Renovators, recently completed a re-side and encountered unexpected damage. He offers some advice, "You never know what you're going to find under old siding. Add wiggle room in your initial budget and construction schedule in case you need to invest in additional materials and spend extra hours to solve unforeseen problems. This will best prepare your customer and save you a headache…or two."

If a tear-off and unforeseen repairs add a significant amount of man hours to even the extended schedule, rely on the time-saving installation of LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding. This prefinished option eliminates the need to paint your trim and siding, and the availability of 16-foot lengths can also allow for faster installation. It also includes LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Lap, which helps builders avoid the need for seam caulking, joint molds or pan flashing at butt joints.

Stumpenhorst adds, "In using LP SmartSide siding products on my recent re-side, I can confidently say that the durability can help make up for lost time spent on unexpected repairs. This is a huge benefit when you have a small crew and need siding that is easier to carry and install with fewer people. The new prefinished siding option is even better, as you can save on paint labor and costs."

Be prepared for potential issues so you can approach your next remodel with a strategic plan. Need more reasons why switching to LP SmartSide siding products can save you time when replacing old siding? Check out this recent article.

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Industry Trends7 min

A Guide to Siding Corners

As home builders, it's critical to find ways to deliver top-tier building solutions for your clients while remaining efficient. This helps you finish current jobs with excellence and move on quickly to tackle your next job. While it's inevitable that some parts of the siding process require a little more time or attention to detail, LP Building Solutions offers durable, time-saving products such as LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Outside Corners that help improve efficiency while contributing to curb appeal.

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Business Advice6 min
Horizontal Property Regimes: How to Help Prevent Row Home Fires

The trend to live near downtown hasn't waned in recent years. However, finding empty lots to construct new houses continues to pose a challenge. Builders are finding solutions within the Horizontal Property Regime (HPR) zoning policy, which allows tall and skinny row homes. However, with as little as six feet between structures the potential for row home fires dramatically increases. Let's take a look at some of the concerns for both builders and homeowners-and how LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing can help builders meet code.

Business Advice6 min
How to Install Insulation Sheathing with LP® NovaCore™ Thermal Insulated Sheathing

New to the LP® Structural Solutions portfolio, LP® NovaCore® Thermal Insulated Sheathing is a dual-layered wall panel design to protect structures against heat loss and gain. It combines resilient OSB sheathing with XPS foam to provide continuous insulation without the long-term R-value deterioration associated with other foam insulation products.

Business Advice5 min
How to Engage Design Conscious Construction Clients

With an abundance of inspiration at their disposal, clients may have design goals that exceed their budget. We talked to building professional Kyle Stumpenhorst to get his tips for helping clients achieve their goals without breaking the bank.