Siding Face-Off: LP SmartSide vs. Traditional Wood
Are you tired of the constant upkeep that comes with traditional wood siding?
Have you ever wished for a siding option that combines the charm of wood with the durability of engineered materials?
If you nodded in agreement, then this blog post is for you.
We’re going to delve into the world of siding options, specifically focusing on LP SmartSide and traditional wood siding.
By the end of this post, you’ll have a clear understanding of why many homeowners are choosing LP SmartSide for their siding installation in Ashwaubenon, WI.
Engineered Wood Siding vs. Traditional Wood Siding
When it comes to exterior wood siding options, aesthetics often take center stage.
Traditional wood siding is known for its natural charm and classic beauty, but it comes with a number of challenges. You can learn more about all the pros and cons of wood siding here.
Enter engineered wood siding, a game-changer in the world of siding.
Engineered wood siding, like LP SmartSide, addresses these challenges head-on, offering durability and protection from moisture, fungal decay, termites, and weather elements.
What’s the Difference Between Engineered Wood Siding and Composite Siding?
When it comes to siding options, the terms “composite siding” and “engineered wood siding” are often used interchangeably.
However, they refer to different materials with unique characteristics.
Understanding the difference between these two types of siding can help you make an informed decision for your home.
Composite siding is a broad term that refers to a type of siding made from a combination of materials.
Traditionally, composite siding is made up of fibrous wood pieces as a base that is bonded with additional materials.
However, there are also composite siding options that do not use wood as the base, for example, using Portland cement instead.
James Hardie siding is an example of this type of composite siding, also known as fiber cement siding.
In other words, there are many different composite siding options to choose from, with one of those being engineered wood siding.
Engineered wood siding, like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, is a specific type of composite siding that uses wood as its primary component.
LP SmartSide is created by treating wood strands or wood fibers with a resin binder for strength and zinc borate for protection against termites and decay.
The result is an engineered wood siding that looks and feels like cedar with the same warmth and beauty but offers better performance and durability.
LP SmartSide siding is made up of wood strands about the size of a business card that is coated with a moisture-resistant overlay and compressed to create superior strength.
It is also treated with zinc borate that is proven to resist termites and fungal decay, manufactured to resist moisture, and provides extreme durability to stand up to impact.
So, when your contractor uses the term “composite siding,” be sure to ask for further clarification.
Since composite siding is a broad category with many options under its vast umbrella, and engineered wood siding is a specific type of composite siding, knowing the difference can help you make the best choice for your home!
Composition of LP SmartSide and Traditional Wood Siding
Traditional wood siding is made from fast-growing timber like cedar and redwood, then milled into wood siding.
While it has a natural allure, it may age faster than other siding options and requires constant maintenance.
On the other hand, LP SmartSide is an engineered wood product produced with a mix of treated wood strands or fibers and adhesive resins.
This combination creates a composite material that not only looks and feels like natural wood but also offers superior strength and durability.
Durability and Protection of LP SmartSide vs. Traditional Wood Siding
LP SmartSide stands out for its durability. Thanks to its proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process, every strand of wood is treated with a carefully formulated mix of resins, waxes, and zinc borate.
This treatment provides complete protection against extreme heat, moisture, termites, and fungal decay.
In contrast, traditional wood siding is susceptible to warping, cupping, and splitting, common issues that can lead to frequent and costly repairs.
Maintenance and Cost: LP SmartSide vs. Traditional Wood Siding
Maintenance is a significant factor when choosing any type of siding.
Traditional wood siding requires frequent scraping and repainting due to cycles of expansion and contraction from season to season.
LP SmartSide, however, resists these cycles. It only needs an occasional cleaning to keep it looking great.
In terms of cost, LP SmartSide tends to be more affordable both in terms of materials and installation, and it also wins out for maintenance costs as the warranty offers at least 15 years on the finish.
Color and Finish Options: LP SmartSide vs. Traditional Wood Siding
Both types of siding can be painted, allowing you to customize the look of your home.
However, while natural wood requires ongoing sanding and repainting to avoid peeling and wood rot, LP SmartSide engineered wood comes pre-primed or prefinished.
If you go with LP SmartSide Preferred Prefinishers, you also get a minimum 15-year warranty.
Termite Resistance: LP SmartSide vs. Traditional Wood Siding
Termite infestation is a risk with any wood product. This issue can lead to expensive siding repairs or even a full replacement.
While natural wood is very vulnerable to termites and other pests, LP SmartSide is termite-resistant thanks to the zinc borate treatment.
As a result, you don’t need to worry about pest management or costly, irreparable structural damage you risk with wood.
Installation and Handling of LP SmartSide
While LP SmartSide is stronger and more durable than traditional wood siding, it is also lighter and easier to handle.
Because of this, the LP SmartSide trim product is offered in 16-foot lengths, which results in fewer seams and less waste.
LP SmartSide cuts and works like wood. No special tools, nails, or screws are required.
It also features the SmartLock self-aligning edge, which makes installation easier than wood siding.
LP SmartSide Warranty
LP Building Products offers an outstanding 5/50-year transferable limited warranty on SmartSide that includes 100% replacement on labor and materials against peeling, blistering, cracking, or erosion of the factory finish.
This warranty is a testament to the confidence LP Building Solutions has in its product and provides homeowners with peace of mind.
The Smart Choice for Your Ashwaubenon Home
Choosing the right siding for your home is a significant decision.
It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about durability, maintenance, cost, and the long-term protection of your home.
While traditional wood siding has its charm, the benefits of LP SmartSide are hard to ignore.
From its superior durability to its termite resistance and impressive warranty, LP SmartSide is a smart choice for homeowners in Ashwaubenon, WI.
At Urban Exteriors, we understand the importance of durable siding solutions.
We’re proud to install composite LP SmartSide siding, offering homeowners a perfect blend of beauty and durability.
Ready to make the smart choice for your home?
Fill out our contact form today, or give us a call. We’re here to help you make the best choice for your home.