Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 by Team Arrow
We've walked you through the ins and outs of stucco siding in one of our previous posts a few months back, and some of the more commonly used modern siding options (besides stucco) we've offered are vinyl and steel. Today we are going to expand on something new and different though because we are excited to announce that Arrow Renovation will be partnering with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding. We will be offering their home siding products to our customers. In this article, we will get down to the nitty-gritty and discuss how engineered siding may be a great option for any home that could use some sprucing up!
For those who may not be familiar with treated engineered wood siding, it’s made of a unique material that includes real wood from aspen trees, and is cut down into strips or thinner strands in a machine and is then combined with special resins, waxes, and zinc borate to create a version of wood siding that is actually quite durable, even more so than untreated natural wood itself. It even looks textured like natural wood siding and can be custom color-matched to your liking!
One of the biggest draws of engineered wood siding is that it truly is built to last. Unlike traditional wood, engineered siding has a much longer lifespan when installed correctly. It’s built to not only keep out the elements but also to resist termite and fungal damage that often happens to wood that has been exposed to moisture or has broken down and becomes more vulnerable over time. Engineered siding was created specifically for this reason, as most people love the look of real wood, but not the breaking down that usually comes with it. Traditional wood siding materials on their own aren’t always able to survive and keep up their desired aesthetic long term. Replacing warped or rotting wood siding on a home can be costly, and once the wood is compromised, it can start to bow or allow for leaks, which can break down the overall structural integrity of your home.
An additional advantage of engineered wood siding (like that of LP SmartSide) is that it is made with wood from aspen trees, which are self-sustainable and will regrow on their own. In fact, our new siding partner’s wood materials are backed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which also makes them a Greener and more eco-friendly siding material.
One last thing to note is that engineered wood siding can be custom cut to size and is easy to install with the right tools. It works best when studs are evenly spaced and there is a smooth surface to work with and no bulges coming out of the insulation. You’ll also want to make sure there’s no moisture trapped within the main walls before installing the new siding to allow for a fully dry, more seamless application.
It depends on the size and specs of your home, but because of the expected longevity of engineered wood siding, it may save you money in the long run. When you factor in all the things that could potentially damage other alternative types of siding, the costs can add up rather quickly! Since LP SmartSide has an included guarantee that it can protect your home from hail damage, termites, fungal decay, and chips, peels, and cracks in your siding, you may end up saving more money in the long term because of the overall enhanced durability that engineered siding can provide.
You can always reach out to our team anytime with questions about all our service offerings, and if you’re looking for some fresh new siding options for your home, give us a call for your free estimate!
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