Inspiration8 min

Hail Storms are No Match for LP® SmartSide® Products

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, 5,411 major hailstorms were reportedin 2015. These storms occurred in all 48 continental states. When hail storms strike, they can cause serious damage to properties and rack up expensive repair costs. With this much severe weather across the country, hail-resistant siding can be a huge selling point for builders and remodelers in marketing to consumers.

This summer, LP Building Solutions announced that LP® SmartSide® products are now warrantied for hail damage.

In testing conducted at the National Wind Institute’s Debris Impact Facility at Texas Tech University, LP SmartSide lap siding resisted hail damage better than comparable fiber cement or vinyl siding:

  • LP SmartSide siding showed no signs of impact when being struck by 1.75-inch hail at 81 mph
  • Fiber cement siding showed dents ranging from 0.082 inches to 0.201 inches deep after being struck by 1.75-inch hail at 74 mph
  • Vinyl siding was fractured by hail of just 1.25 inches at 57 mph

LP customers are already reaping the benefits of LP SmartSide siding’s hail damage resistance. When a catastrophic hailstorm hit the Denver area, over 500 houses in the area suffered from hail damage and both vinyl and hardboard siding were destroyed. One of America's largest privately owned homebuilders had used LP SmartSide siding on new homes in the area that had been hit by the hailstorm. After assessing the damage with claims managers, no LP SmartSide siding had to be replaced and no siding repairs were needed.

Spring and summer are peak hail months. Whether you’re in the business of new construction or renovation, protect your homes from damaging hailstorms with LP SmartSide siding.

LP SmartSide products are also backed by a 50-year prorated limited warranty with a 5-year 100-percent labor and material replacement warranty. See www.LPSmartSide.com for complete warranty details.

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