LP® SmartSide® Siding – Tougher Than The Competition

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

LP® SmartSide® Siding

Every time we build a new home for a customer there is a lengthy discussion about what type of siding to install. In a perfect world where money didn’t matter and we all had a full time maintenance crew to take care of our homes the discussion would likely end quickly with wood siding.

Timber Frame Home with LP SmartSide Siding LP® SmartSide® Siding   Tougher Than The Competition

That’s just not the world we live in so the discussion almost always revolves around price and maintenance. The options typically include: wood, vinyl, cement, and composite materials. Obviously each of the materials has a price point to consider along with varying degrees of expected future maintenance.

Another consideration that I like to mention to home owners is toughness and durability. So you’re probably thinking to yourself nothing can be as durable and tough as cement siding. And surely nothing can be more durable than vinyl siding right? You might be shocked to know that cement siding isn’t very tough when it comes to impact and it’s not at all forgiving if it’s installed too close to horizontal surfaces. Ever seen vinyl siding after your lawn mower throws a rock at it or the snowblower kicks up some ice? Not pretty at all!

Test Samples LP® SmartSide® Siding   Tougher Than The Competition

Toughness / Impact Testing

To demonstrate what I mean I recently performed a super scientific experiment (NOT) on three samples of siding: cement siding, vinyl siding and a piece of LP® SmartSide® Siding. I used a hammer to strike each piece of siding with two hammer blows each. The picture below tells the story much better than I can in words. Without exception the LP® SmartSide® Siding completely kicks the $%&#* of the other two products when it comes to impact resistance and toughness!

LP SmartSide Impact Test LP® SmartSide® Siding   Tougher Than The Competition

So what does this really mean for you as a home owner? Well as the saying goes “things happen” and small holes/cracks in siding due to wind damage can be very expensive to repair. The repair often involves removing large areas of siding in order to get the damaged piece out and replaced. The net result is a costly bill due to the amount of labor and materials involved.

Water Resistance

The picture at the beginning of this article is a million dollar custom home that we built for a customer last year. It’s a gorgeous timber frame home full of some amazing new technology and products. The siding for that project was LP® SmartSide® Siding, pre-painted with one coat of finish paint. When evaluating siding materials we did some testing of the siding prior to final selection. We were worried that this material might absorb water and swell.

So we cut up several pieces of the siding and put them into a 5 gallon bucket full of water and left them in it. Weeks after putting the pieces in the bucket of water then looked just like they did when first cut and placed in water. There were no signs of swelling, softening or change or any kind.

Overall Impression

I’ve used all kinds of siding products over the years for the homes we build. So the question of how I feel about LP® SmartSide® Siding is a good one. Based on my own testing, competitive pricing, and ease of use, I’ve become a great fan of LP® SmartSide® Siding. The material is very competitive with cement siding, yet it installs quicker with far less mess and hazardous dust. And on top of all that it’s far tougher offering better protection from extreme weather and errant sports accidents :).

NOTE: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of LP® SmartSide® Siding for hfa. All opinions
are 100% mine. I did receive a free LP SmartSide® Test Kit.

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  1. Max says:

    I have been looking at building a shed, and for reasons of cost and speed of assembly I was planning on using the pre-primed 4×8 sheets of Smartside as an all-in-one sheathing and finished siding. I am assuming it is the exact same material in large sheet form. If so, your article helps confirm my choice of siding material. Thanks.

  2. Eric Prado says:

    Money is lesser important I think because when I put up my house. I hired people who were really great and picky with the materials. They gave a lot of options with the materials. LP® SmartSide® Siding is one of those materials they used. So far, I can say that it is durable and tough!

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