Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807. Here’s must-know information from Barry Stranz (professional & educator) who has 30+ years in the home improvement industry shared on 7.27.19.
Consumer Siding Preferences
The number one home siding material being installed nationwide is vinyl. When you start moving up the level of price point and square footage cost to construct, many homeowners shift away from vinyl siding and more towards the fiber cement class. Two of the most well-known materials in this class are LP SmartSide® and James Hardie®.
LP® SmartSide® Installation
Many contractors gravitate towards installing LP® Smart Siding because it’s easier to install and does not require special equipment. Unlike James Hardie® siding, LP® Smart Siding installers are not required to wear protective gear, such as respirators to protect them from the silica plumes that are produced when cutting the siding. LP® Smart Siding installation projects can also be over 10% faster than James Hardie®, lowering installation costs. There are fewer seams on LP® SmartSide® installations because lengths are 16’ vs the 12’ lengths James Hardie comes in. Another feature that sets LP SmartSide® apart from James Hardie® is that it is not impacted by efflorescence. The phenomenon takes place when salts and minerals are absorbed into the product during the drying phase. Lastly, LP® SmartSide® offers a category leading 5/50 warranty that offers a 5-year 100% labor and replacement feature on the material.
Get a Close-Up Look at a Minnetrista, MN LP® SmartSide® Installation: