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Today's homeowners have an incredible number of choices from fiber cement to vinyl to engineered wood siding, and the choice isn't an easy one. Each siding option offers excellent benefits like durability and longevity.
The home remodeling pros at Bob Vila's official website share:
"Engineered wood siding is easier and less costly to install than real wood siding. It is lighter in weight than wood and features advances that make installation easier, like LP’s SmartLock self-aligning edge design. Engineered wood siding can be purchased pre-primed, ready to paint, or pre-finished in any number of finish options, which reduces the field and labor time once installed."
Investigating each option can help you make a decision on your future siding project. Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind as you consider engineered wood siding.
The Basics of Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood siding comes in a variety of textures, and it can mimic the look of natural wood. It offers a lot of the same benefits as fiber cement siding, but it's not exactly the same. Here are some answers to a few basic questions about engineered wood siding.
1. How long does engineered wood siding last?
It can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. Most siding manufacturers offer excellent warranties, and your siding should look beautiful for decades with minimal care.
2. Do I need to paint my engineered wood siding?
Painting every 5 or 10 years is advisable. Keeping the exterior of your home clean can increase the longevity of the paint on the siding.
3. Can I install engineered wood siding on my own?
It's a job for a professional, but installation is fast, so your installation costs will remain affordable.
What are Some Reasons to Choose Engineered Wood Siding?
Engineered wood siding offers a variety of benefits that may convince you to use this hardy siding option during your home remodel. Here are a few advantages of using engineered wood siding:
Engineered Wood Siding is Durable.
When you upgrade your home, you want it to last, and engineered wood siding lasts for years without aging. Siding is even rated to withstand harsh weather events.
Engineered Wood Siding is Environmentally Friendly.
The process used to manufacture isn't hard on the environment, and the end-result uses fewer of the planet's resources than other types of siding.
Engineered Wood Siding is Affordable.
You want the best for your home, and it's important to choose a type of siding that offers long-lasting performance, and that's also affordable. Engineered wood siding fits those criteria.
Engineered Wood Siding is Resistant to Mildew and Damage.
The outer layer of engineered wood siding is designed to reduce the growth of contaminants like mold and mildew, and it can even help limit insect invasions.
Engineered Wood Siding Doesn't Require Much Maintenance.
With the appearance of real wood and none of the time-consuming upkeep, engineered wood siding is an excellent option when you want a maintenance-free exterior.
LP Smartside® Engineered Wood Siding
O'Sullivan Installs offers engineered wood siding by LP Smartside® because of its durability, visual appeal, and ease of installation.
The official LP SmartSide® website shares:
"LP SmartSide® Trim & Siding offers the warmth and beauty of traditional wood with the durability of LP engineered wood. It’s a complete line of high-performance trim and siding products to complement almost any building style. All LP SmartSide products feature our innovative, four component SmartGuard® manufacturing process for strength and to resist fungal decay and termites."
Get Professionally Installed Engineered Wood Siding
Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about LP Smartside® engineered wood siding? Contact O'Sullivan Installs for a FREE Consultation and download our free guide: "Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts" for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.
About the Author – Tim O'Sullivan
I started in the window and door business at 18 yrs old. My first job was for a local corner shop in Lowell, Ma that gave me a unique experience working with exterior remodeling products. I saw both the good and bad products and contractors and learned a lot about what distinguished one from the other. My goal in launching O’Sullivan Installs is to be the diamond in the rough. We don’t offer a buy-today discount to distract you from the remodel at hand and we don’t offer the cheapest products on the market that won’t last. We offer what we feel are the best quality products on the market with the highest quality install you can get, and we offer it all at the best value. We are so confident in our product and installation that they come with a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty.