James Hardie, LP Smartside or Vinyl Siding?

According to the National Association of Realtors, one way to improve the value of your home is to update your siding. Doing so contributes to better energy efficiency and higher valued curb appeal.

Vinyl siding remains the most popular homeowner choice because it comes in multiple styles, including shakes and scallops, along with multiple colors and sizes. Most vinyl siding is manufactured in Canada, so it’s built for extreme temperatures, expanding and contracting from highs to lows. Basically, it’s always moving! However, it is still vulnerable to chipping and cracking.

So, what other siding choices are there?

  1. According to the Field Supervisors in our Home Exteriors Division, LP Smartside is the hottest product on the market right now. Is it the “hottest product on the market right now”? It’s a compressed, wood pulp product made from logs that are chopped up into microscopic pieces and made into solid pieces. Resins and insecticides (zinc boride) is then added to protect this organic product from insects. This is a perfect choice for customers looking for an alternative, natural product. The siding has similar characteristics to wood, you can cut it like wood, and it’s easy to install. It’s popular because it is a good product. It comes primed and can be painted once installed. It also comes in a variety of colors, created in the factory. It doesn’t absorb water, chip, crack or flake and the paint adheres well.
  2. Fiber cement siding is a semi-porous, cement product, manufactured by our trusted partner, James Hardie. Its unique cement formulation and structure make it the ideal combination of strength, uniform composition and performance. Fiber cement siding is made to prevent underlayment mold and moisture damage. 
  3. More people are choosing steel siding. The steel panels come in different styles and textures and it’s popular in commercial and residential applications. Most often, residential mirrors or follows commercial trends.
  4. Aluminum still exists but we don’t recommend as it’s more susceptible to damage, not as attractive or durable as the other options and is dated.

Before you select a siding, look at the homes in your neighborhood to see what’s being used, or is trending. You may want something that will complement the homes around you. Multiple colored houses tend to look good in a new neighborhood where the goal is to make each one unique, but in a neighborhood with classic styles, standing out too much may hurt your resale value.

We value your home like it’s our own and welcome the opportunity to help you make the right choice for you and your home.