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The Value of Siding Longevity

Siding doesn’t last forever, but some products last longer and wear better than others. If your home’s siding is becoming worn and starting to look shabby, you have an important decision to make: pick an inexpensive siding product that might not endure well, or invest a bit more in one that offers better longevity. Here’s why LP® SmartSide® products have the potential to save homeowners in the long run by lasting longer and standing up to the elements better than competitive products.

Durable Siding Backed by a Comprehensive Warranty

LP’s engineered siding is one of the most durable siding solutions available, thanks to the SmartGuard® manufacturing process. The process begins by thoroughly treating wood strands and fibers with zinc borate to protect against termites and fungal decay. This treated wood is combined with industrial-grade resins and water-resistant waxes, after which a resin-saturated overlay is bonded to the panel. The resulting material can withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, freeze/thaw cycles and almost everything in between.

“The durability of SmartSide siding products means you won’t be repairing cracks in the siding due to shrinkage, pocket cuts getting brittle and cracking, hail damage, kids’ toys hitting the house, or rocks that get kicked up by a lawn mower,” explains Clint Hulsing, Market Development Manager for LP Building Products.

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In addition, this durability is solidly backed by the industry-leading LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Year Limited Warranty, one of the most competitive warranties on the market. “The warranty speaks for the product,” says Hulsing. “The SmartSide 5/50 Warranty is the best on the market because SmartSide siding products are the best siding on the market. It doesn’t get brittle over time. A golf ball or rock can hit it, and it won’t get damaged.”

“The hail warranty is a must if you live in an area with hailstorms. With SmartSide siding products, you can rest assured knowing your siding is going to hold up in the storm. And if you live in an area that doesn’t have hail, you can be confident your kids aren’t going to crack it if a baseball hits the siding,” Hulsing continues.

Get SmartSide® Products for Your Home

The advantages of LP SmartSide don’t apply to siding only. By combining multiple SmartSide siding products on your home, you get the same great look, durability and warranty on your siding, trim and soffit. You can be confident in the LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding products you put on your home because they have demonstrated exceptional performance in laboratory and real-world conditions for nearly two decades. Contact an LP BuildSmart™ Preferred Remodeler near you to learn more.

 

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Aging in the Right Place: 5 Ways to Make Your Home Livable for Longer

Do you plan to stay in your home as you grow older, continuing to live in a familiar environment and bringing in help as you need it? If so, you’re in good company. An AARP report reveals that most Americans over 50 say they would like to “age in place.” However, the same study found that seniors whose homes do not meet their physical needs well as they grow older are less likely to want to remain in their current home as long as possible (62 percent versus 95 percent).

If you plan to age in place, it’s crucial to make universal design modifications that will help and not hinder as you age. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, these are the most important improvements to consider.

  • A zero-step entry. It’s important to have at least one step-free entrance to your home (either at the front, side or back) so everyone, including someone in a wheelchair, can enter safely and easily. If turning an existing doorway into a zero-step entry is too complicated, talk to a remodeler about turning a window opening into a doorway to access the living space, or converting a small room into a new foyer.
  • Single-level living. Your home should include all main living spaces on a single story, including a full bath. If you have a second story, install an elevator or simply convert the space to a guest suite or bonus room that doesn’t require daily access. Be sure the main level does not have steps between rooms that could be a fall hazard.smartside siding
  • Wider doorways. Wider doorways (a minimum of 36 inches) can accommodate a walker or wheelchair should it ever be needed. In an existing home, a remodeler may simply need to widen some doorways. Pocket doors can be a handy solution when a swinging door just won’t work.
  • Easy-grasp handles. Lever-style door handles and faucets make opening doors and turning on water easier for those with arthritis and other conditions.
  • A low-maintenance exterior. Maintaining a home can be difficult even for able-bodied homeowners, and is often a serious challenge for seniors. Invest in updates that reduce the need to maintain a home, such as engineered wood siding and easy-care trees, shrubs and perennial flowers.

Find out why Minneapolis homeowners Stewart and Linda Herman chose LP® SmartSide® trim and siding for their retirement home.

Build It Better with LP® SmartSide®

Are you ready to get low-maintenance siding for your home? Durable LP SmartSide engineered wood siding stands up to extreme weather, and resists termite damage and fungal decay. It includes a five-year, 100% labor and replacement feature and a 50-year prorated limited warranty on the substrate, so you’ll never have to worry about replacing your siding. Find a qualified remodeler near you that installs LP SmartSide products!

 

 

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Around the House: Essential Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

The maintenance tasks you perform in the fall to get ready for the heating season will prevent winter damage, boost the efficiency of your home and increase indoor comfort. Add the following essential jobs to your fall home maintenance checklist.

Service Your HVAC System

A heating system that is not seasonally or annually serviced might break down on a cold day when you need it most. Have your system cleaned and tuned by a qualified professional before it’s an emergency.

Having a dirty filter restricts airflow into the furnace, making it work harder and potentially leading to system failure. Changing your filter every three months improves indoor air quality and gives you the peace of mind that your system will remain in good condition.

Tend to Gutters & Downspouts

Begin by visually inspecting gutters to be sure they are secured tightly against the fascia, so water can’t run behind the gutter and cause rot. Gutters should not sag at any point. Inspect downspouts as well, seeing that they are secured and that the extension drains a minimum of three feet from the foundation.

After the leaves fall, thoroughly clean the gutter troughs to ensure water will not become trapped by clogs and run over your siding and foundation. A garden hose can be used to rinse out the gutters and verify that downspouts are draining properly.

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Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s a good idea to push the test button on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month, whether they are battery-powered or hardwired. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also recommends that you change the batteries in your detectors every six months, when you change your clocks for daylight saving time.

Sweep the Chimney

If you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace that you use to heat your home during the winter, have it professionally inspected and cleaned in the fall. A build-up of soot can catch fire and damage the chimney or even spread to the roof and home. Even if you don’t use the chimney often, an inspection will ensure birds and animals are not using it for a nesting area.

Need Siding? LP® SmartSide® Products Offer Proven Performance

Fall maintenance is essential for a safe and cozy winter home. If you are looking to upgrade to high-performance siding, consider LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding for your home. The SmartSide brand offers tested weatherability in extreme conditions and termite resistance thanks to the SmartGuard® process. For questions about siding installation and repair, contact an LP BuildSmart™ Preferred Contractor in your area.

Read about Mike Schwartz, a Washington remodeler who found LP SmartSide products to be the perfect combination of weatherability and workability.

 

 

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Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before Starting Your Home Improvement Project

Residential remodeling spending has been on an upward trend the past few years, topping $152 billion in 2017 and expected to continue growing at a fair pace. Rising property prices and an aging housing stock are also convincing more Americans to stay put in—and work on—their current homes. They are projected to spend upwards of $330 billion on home upgrades, replacements and routine maintenance in 2018 alone. (more…)

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Use of LP® SmartSide® Siding Helps Minneapolis Homeowners Achieve Their Historic Renovation Goals

Every home remodeling project starts with a dream. For Stewart and Linda Herman, the goals in remodeling their 1907 Minneapolis Victorian included building a net-zero home that would retain the exterior beauty and serve as a place to comfortably spend their retirement years. They also wanted to create a home that would reasonably last another century. (more…)

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