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How to Keep Your Sanity During the Product Selection Process

Even if you are lucky enough to find the perfect remodeling contractor, the remodeling process can still be a long and emotion-packed journey. One of the most important steps in a home remodel is the product selection phase. Decisions surrounding the selection of materials and products for your remodel must be made decisively or you risk drawing out the process (and the cost) even more. But when you’re just not sure what you want – yet you know you may have to live with the decision for decades – every choice can feel overwhelming.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid becoming overwhelmed when selecting building materials.

  • Focus on the big items. Spend less time sweating over the products that are easily returnable or replaceable, such as sink fixtures, light fixtures and cabinet pulls. Focus more research and time on the larger, permanent items including exterior siding, roofing, cabinets, tiles and flooring. Consider newer, innovative products such as LP® SmartSide® siding, a siding product that unites the beauty of a traditional wood look with the durability, workability and easy maintenance of LP engineered wood.

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  • Trust your contractor. Indecisiveness usually results from feeling overwhelmed and uninformed. If you’re having trouble making a decision on tile for your bathroom or flooring for the kitchen, ask your contractor for his top three recommendations in that product category. Your contractor will know which products are available locally and for what cost, which means you can make selections that will both stay within your budget and not hold up the project.
  • Check out product warranties. If you are having trouble choosing between two similar products, look into the product warranty for each. A good rule of thumb to remember is that manufacturers that build quality products are not afraid to stand behind them with a solid warranty. A warranty may impact your final choice.

Engineered Wood Siding: A Smart Choice

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of engineered wood siding from LP? From durability to sustainability to warranty coverage, we know LP® SmartSide® products rank among the best building materials. Browse our gallery to find your style or contact an LP BuildSmart™ Preferred Remodeler or qualified contractor in your area.

Ben Barrette

Ben Barrette

Ben Barrette is the Construction Services Manager at LP Building Products supporting the Siding division. Ben manages the creation, editing and updating of siding technical literature and serves as a liaison between the Siding Technical and Marketing teams. Ben has experience with various skilled labor practices at a mostly residential scale, including interior remodeling, landscaping, masonry and carpentry. Ben now lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and their dog. When not working on projects around the house, he likes playing sports or being outdoors pursuing hobbies like hiking, hunting and fishing. For more from Ben, visit the LP SmartSide Trim and Siding blog.

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