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LP SmartSide – Pioneers in Sustainable Siding For Your Home!

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Picking the right siding for your home is a delicate balancing act between good looks, durability, maintenance & affordability. LP SmartSide siding is a resilient mix of wood strands & fibers, zinc borate, and superior exterior-grade resins that are proven to withstand extreme heat, cold, humidity & rainfall.

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LP SmartSide works and cuts just like traditional wood, taking nails and screw with ease for easy installation. It does not require special safety training and special gear to protect against airborne silica, like fiber cement. Their warranty is unmatched with their 5/50-year limited warranty providing a 5-year 100% labor and replacement feature and a 5/50-year prorated limited warranty on the product.

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How LP SmartSide is manufactured

LP SmartSide is manufactured in Tomahawk, WI. All the wood that is used at their facility is SFI® (sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified, which is the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI® certification helps insure that the wood being used only comes from well-managed forests. By having LP SmartSide installed on your home, you are helping builders reduce waste on the jobsite. This is because without knots, fewer siding needs to be discarded.  Fewer knots also mean that the siding can be produced in longer lengths, which cuts back on the number of pieces used.  Because the siding is so durable, you may even qualify for certification points in current leading green building programs now available. Here is the manufacturing process of LP SmartSide:

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  • When the logs arrive on site, they go through a conditioning process so it comes in at the right moisture content for the bark to be removed off the log.
  • They reuse the bark and any other byproducts of the log for heating their facility so nothing is wasted.
  • After the bark is removed, the log itself is turned into precisely shaped strands of wood that are now ready to be dried.
  • The size of the wood strands is very precise; that is what gives their product such strength & durability, allowing it to lay flat and true to your home.
  • After the strands are cut, they still contain 50% moisture content and the product is tumbled in large steel drums that force the moisture out of the product to between 5%-10%.
  • Once the strands of wood are dried they go through the SmartGuard process, which is the blending of the strands with an exterior rated binder, which acts as industrial strength glue.
  • In addition to the SmartGuard process, they add a wood preservative treatment that is environmentally safe and EPA registered. The American Wood Preservatives Association recognizes it because it’s proven effective against termites, wood decay and rot. That is why LP SmartSide has an industry leading 50-year warranty.
  • After the SmartGuard and wood preservative process, the strands of the product have been mixed thoroughly together and are formed into a woven mat that is overlaid with a resin impregnated paper.
  • It then travels into a heated press, and under intense heated pressure, the mat that is 6-8 inches thick is compacted down to as small as 3/8 inch.
  • The realistic wood grain finish is pressed into the product from plates during the heated pressure process allowing for the look of wood without having to deal the natural defects of it.
  • The wood grain finish is very realistic and doesn’t have the natural defects of natural wood. When the product is being pressed under the heat and pressure, there are plates that push the wood grain texture into the product.
  • Once pressed, it comes out in a sheet that is about 16 feet long that is cut down into 4’x16’ sheet products.
  • They further cut these sheets down into the specific sizing that is needed.

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Lindus Construction is proud to be a Platinum member of LP’s Build Smart Preferred Remodeler Program. We have gone through extensive training with LP through jobsite audits and LP University to make sure that every job is done to the specifications that the manufacturer entails. We also offer a visual remodeler program that allows you to view LP® SmartSide® on your current home. LP® SmartSide® comes in 100 different profiles so the possibilities are endless!!

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Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

 

Why LP SmartSide is Incomparable to Fiber Cement Siding

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Who is Louisiana Pacific also known as LP for short?

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP was established in 1973. LP® SmartSide® is one of the fastest growing brands of exterior siding in America today. The reason they are at the top of their game is because LP bases their values as a company on;

  • Safety
  • Protection of the environment
  • Compliance with all laws and acting ethically and with high integrity in all that we do
  • Providing quality products and service to our customers
  • Respecting people and projecting fairness
  • A commitment to teamwork
  • A commitment to continuous improvement
  • A commitment to our communities

We are going to explain to you below why choosing LP® SmartSide® is the best investment for your siding project because of durability, environmental responsibility and their unmatched warranties.

Why Choosing LP® SmartSide® Over Fiber Cement Siding Is the Right Choice

The 5/50 Warranty

LP® SmartSide® offers a category leading 5/50 warranty. You can’t go wrong with their 5/50 warranty which provides a 5-year, 100% labor and replacement feature as well as a 50-year prorated warranty on the product. Most fiber cement companies have completely different warranties that do not match LP’s category leading warranty.

Product Cost Advantages

LP® SmartSide® lap siding is priced competitively to fiber cement siding. Increased work process efficiencies with installation and less waste on the job is a large part of this. In a test conducted by the National Association of Home Builders showed that SmartSide installs at least 12% faster than fiber cement proving this theory.

33% Less Seams

SmartSide comes in 16’ lengths vs. 12’ that fiber cement comes in resulting in less unsightly seams and joints on your home.

The Most Realistic Texture on the Market

SmartSide provides a more realistic cedar texture than fiber cement. In blind testing conducted with homeowners SmartSide was chosen the most due to the deeper embossed cedar grain pattern compared to other fiber cement products on the market.

American Made and Local

LP is an American based company in Nashville, TN. There are three mills right in our area in Two Harbors, MN, Tomahawk & Hayward, WI. A lot of other fiber cement companies are headquartered in foreign countries such as Japan, France & Mexico.

Installation & Your Safety

Unlike SmartSide, fiber cement products require special safety training, special gear to protect against airborne silica and specific cutting tools. Many fiber cement products contain silica & fly ash which can be a potential health hazard if it becomes airborne. SmartSide does not manufacture their products with these elements and uses zinc borate which does not come with the risk of health hazards.

Long Lasting & Durable

SmartSide is not affected by efflorescence, unlike its fiber cement counterpart, which is due to salts and minerals leaching out of the product while drying. Efflorescence can be very difficult, expensive and time consuming to fix. SmartSide is unmatched in its durability from life’s natural occurrences such as hail, kids & lawnmowers just to name a few. Since 1996 LP has rigorously tested SmartSide in Hilo, Hawaii which has an average annual rainfall of 170 inches and with that amount of rain and temperatures consistently around 75 degrees it is a harsh jungle environment. This backs up why they have installed 3.5 million homes in the last 15 years without one complaint because they care how their product performs.

Being “Green” Is a Top Priority on Their List

LP takes land-use stewardship seriously by representing one of the industry’s highest commitments to sustainable forestry. They ensure and preserve prompt reforestation, soil conservation, water quality and wildlife habitats. They are a part of the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) which verifies all SmartSide products are manufactured from certified wood. LP’s commitment to sustainability does not stop with the production of their product it extends through their supply chain, with a focus on reducing waste and their carbon footprint wherever they can. LP is currently working with raw material suppliers to develop bio-based resins and waxes intended to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. They have migrated to EPA Tier3 emissions-compliant vehicles to be more fuel-efficient. They have partnered up with the EPA joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership. SmartWay is a partnership between the EPA and transportation companies promoting fuel efficiency by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Lindus Construction is proud to be a Platinum member of LP’s Build Smart Preferred Remodeler Program. We have gone through extensive training with LP through jobsite audits and LP University to make sure that every job is done to the specifications that the manufacturer entails. We also offer a visual remodeler program that allows you to view LP® SmartSide® on your current home. LP® SmartSide® comes in 100 different profiles so the possibilities are endless!!

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Visit LP’s corporate website at http://www.lpcorp.com/ for more information!