We’ve had a number of calls lately regarding issues with cedar siding on customers’ homes: anything from pest infestation to damaged planks. We’ve included video below from two of these jobs, wanting to focus this week’s blog on the differences we see between the LP SmartSide siding we often recommend and cedar siding. While each job represents a different issue that can be found with cedar siding, LP SmartSide siding was an effective solution to both situations.
LP SmartSide siding offers several advantages over cedar siding, making it a popular choice for homeowners. Firstly, LP SmartSide is known for its durability. Unlike cedar, which is susceptible to rot, insect infestation, and warping over time, LP SmartSide is engineered to resist these issues.
This is why it came to mind as a solution for Jeff in Hawthorne Woods, who has been fighting woodpeckers off his cedar siding for quite some time. Since LP SmartSide siding is treated with SmartGuard®, a proprietary process that enhances its strength and protects it against moisture and pests, it will likely be far more durable (and, therefore, less attractive) to these burrowing birds. Plus, LP SmartSide siding has a longer lifespan and requires less maintenance compared to cedar siding.
Secondly, LP SmartSide siding is more cost-effective than cedar siding. According to sources, LP SmartSide is generally less expensive to purchase and maintain than traditional wood siding. Not only is the material cost lower, but there is less maintenance over time: since you do not need to stain or coat LP Smartside siding like you do cedar planks.
In addition to durability and cost-effectiveness, LP SmartSide siding also offers greater design flexibility. It comes in a variety of styles, textures, and colors, allowing homeowners to achieve the desired aesthetic for their homes. This is why it came to mind for Danute in Lake Zurich. Danute contacted us struggling with the cedar planks around the base of her home moving out of place. We replaced these with white LP Smartside trim, and the end result will withstand the elements and looks absolutely wonderful.
Lastly, LP SmartSide siding is considered an environmentally friendly alternative to cedar siding. LP uses sustainable materials and practices in the manufacturing of their products. By choosing LP SmartSide, homeowners can reduce their impact on natural resources without compromising on quality or aesthetics. Cedar siding, on the other hand, may involve harvesting old-growth trees, which is not as environmentally sustainable.
Overall, LP SmartSide siding offers homeowners a durable, cost-effective, versatile, and environmentally friendly alternative to cedar siding. It provides the look of wood without the drawbacks associated with cedar, making it a popular choice for those seeking long-lasting and low-maintenance siding options for their homes.
If you feel your home could benefit from new siding or needs siding repair, feel free to contact us at 847.847.2883 or contact us here on our website. We’re licensed, GAF-certified, and have over twenty years in the business — and we’d be thrilled to help you make your home look and feel the best it could be!