Inspiration4 min

A Renovator’s Perspective: Why LP® SmartSide® Siding Products are Faster to Install

As a busy remodeler, it’s one thing to use LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products because they are durable, look great and install easily.

But it’s another to use LP SmartSide products on your own home because they are durable, look great and install easily. 

If you follow Rural Renovators on Instagram or YouTube, you know Kyle Stumpenhorst. He’s been working in remodeling his entire life, including ownership of Rural Renovators for the past 12 years. Located in Franklin Grove, Illinois ­– which is about the midway point between Chicago and Davenport, Iowa – Stumpenhorst’s company specializes in long-lasting post frame structures including barns, storage buildings, work offices and residential. 

When Stumpenhorst’s own home needed TLC on the outside, he partnered with the LP SmartSide Trim & Siding team.  “A lot of products look good, but I wanted something that will last.” You can see highlights from Stumpenhorst’s LP SmartSide project on LP’s Instagram channel.

LP SmartSide Before and After Siding Remodel

Building contractors and renovators know why LP SmartSide siding goes up faster, for example:

  • Uses standard woodworking tools.Cuts easily with common framing saws and tools. No need to buy expensive diamond-tipped cutting blades and specialized cutting techniques.
  • Weighs less.Strong and lighter weight for easier installation with less breakage. This lighter weight means two or three pieces can be carried and installed by one worker, rather than two.
  • Comes in longer lengths. 16-foot lengths may mean fewer trips from saw to structure and allows for fewer seams and joints on a wall.
  • Each piece is straight and consistent.Engineered wood siding from LP is free of the knots and voids found in traditional wood siding. That means less time searching for usable pieces.
  • Comes pre-primed or prefinished. LP SmartSide products come pre-primed and ready to paint to help you save time; or, you can elect to work through a prefinisher in the LP SmartSide network.

“Time is money,” said Stumpenhorst. “On a project for yourself, you’re not making money—you’re spending it. I didn’t want to hire a big crew. With this LP engineered wood siding product, I was able to work with it mainly by myself. It makes sense for me.” 

Stumpenhorst continued, “With LP SmartSide products, you’re going to get a product that’s going to be quick and easy to install, but also it’s going to last a long time giving you less callbacks; therefore, a better product.”

Learn more about LP SmartSide products and how they can accelerate your business. See where you can buy LP SmartSide products locally or schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative calling our Customer Care Center today at (888) 820-0325.

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‘Tis the Season: LP Gives “Shed” an All-New Meaning

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