SmartSide siding prices and overview
LP's SmartSide® siding products are a good choice for professional contractors or DIYers
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SmartSide® is a line of siding products from Louisiana-Pacific (LP) Building Products that comes in a variety of sizes, colors and designs. If you are looking to add or upgrade siding on your home, investigating SmartSide® prices and applications will help you make a better-informed decision.
LP Building Products makes a variety of home improvement products and while there were a number of issues related to LP siding in the past, its SmartSide® line is a vast improvement on previous products. It offers some of the best of both worlds relative to wood and fiber cement siding options. Through its patented SmartGuard® process, LP starts with either wood strands or wood fiber and then a zinc borate compound is applied throughout the substrate to help protect against fungal decay and termites. Superior exterior-grade resins are used to create extremely strong bonds within the product.
SmartSide® comes in, essentially, three types of siding:
Lap siding -- features long and thin pieces that when applied have a small gap in between each piece. This type of siding recreates the look of traditional wood siding.
Cedar Shake siding -- is slightly thinner than lap siding and the pieces have unique edges. When properly installed, this siding gives your home the look of wood shingle siding.
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Panel siding -- comes in larger pieces that look like board-and-batten siding, but the products are easier to install.
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SmartSide® siding comes in an impressive range of colors, including:
- Terratone Bronze
- Tuscan Clay
- Vintage Wicker
- Natural Linen
- Royal Brown
- Somerset Wheat
- Midnight Blue
- Monterey Sand
- Glacier White
- English Saddle
- London Brown
- Charcoal Smoke
- Deep Moss
- Colonial Ivory
- Canyon Drift
- Antique Parchment
- Brick Red
Within each color choice, you have a few options for shading, thus greatly expanding the color and design options you have when selecting SmartSide® siding.
When looking at siding, one decision to make is whether to use horizontal siding or vertical or both. Most homes have horizontal siding. While this is traditional, vertical siding can have a dramatic effect. Most often vertical siding is seen on barns, garages, and other outbuildings. On homes, one of the most popular ways to use vertical siding is in conjunction with horizontal. For example, a dormer might have horizontal siding, while the rest of the house has vertical. Alternatively, the roof peak might have horizontal siding, while the flat walls have horizontal. This might also be a way to reduce expenses as well, as some siding styles might be less expensive than others.
SmartSide® siding products are readily available at most large and even local home improvement supply stores, so gauging what your costs are going to be for whichever style and color selection you choose will be easier than figuring for many other brtands of siding. Unless you are totally qualified and intend to complete the siding project for your home on your own, selecting a contractor will complicate the estimation process. But you can still get a sense of what a contractor's estimate should be by comparing product prices.
Prices for SmartSide® siding start at less than $8 for a single piece of smooth lap siding and can run as high as $25 for a large piece of panel siding. Keep in mind that you might need hundreds of pieces to finish your home. When looking at your overall siding costs, you need to factor in the cost of labor, materials and tools. While your installer might have access to all of those necessary tools, you might need to purchase some special products when you install siding on your own.
Warranties & Suatainability
LP backs its SmartSide® line of siding products with a a 5-year, 100% labor and replacement guarantee and a 5/50 year prorated limited warranty.
SmartSide® is also gaining a reputation as a sustainable building product for several reasons, including:
- It can help builders reduce waste on the jobsite
- The absence of knots helps reduce scrap woodpiles
- Longer product lengths reduce the number of pieces needed
- Extreme durability means less material lost to breakage
- SmartSide® products may help builders qualify for certification points in a number of leading national green building programs
The proper siding can add years to the life of your home. Having an expert installation contractor and/or designer working with you can assure you the best posisble outcome for your selection and Reply! can help by connecting you to local siding contractors familiar with SmartSide® and many other brands of siding.