Siding is traditionally thought of as an exterior product, but LP® SmartSide® products are challenging this by offering innovative interior solutions. Building professional Kyle Stumpenhorst discusses how he leveled up some of his builds with a board and batten interior technique.
“Using LP SmartSide trim on the interior gives you unlimited possibilities,” says Stumpenhorst. “I like the ease of working with longer lengths and fewer joints.” LP SmartSide Trim & Siding comes in lengths up to 16 feet long. Along with superior length offerings LP SmartSide products come primed, making painting a breeze and allowing for 30% faster install time than fiber cement products.
LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products are made from engineered wood that is treated with our proprietary SmartGuard® process. With four components of protection, the process adds strength and helps our products withstand impacts, freeze/thaw cycles, high humidity, and helps resist fungal decay and termites.
Many LP SmartSide products come in both smooth finish and cedar texture. The most common use for interiors is a board and batten style, which is a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home’s interior.
“On a recent build, I replicated the board and batten look by simply installing drywall like most normal residential interiors and then used LP SmartSide trim to add battens to an otherwise simple flat wall. Once done you couldn’t even notice it was just drywall underneath,” said Stumpenhorst.
Check out the build here.
What texture should you put on your walls?
Smooth siding such as LP SmartSide Smooth Finish Panel Siding is typically preferred for interior installation. When you add board and batten wall panels to the interior, you are already adding texture to a previously flat surface with the dimension of the batten elements.
How should studs be spaced during installation?
38 and 76 Series Panel Siding may be installed on studs spaced a maximum of 16 inches o.c.
Do I need special tools to work with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding?
No, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is designed to be installed using common woodworking tools. Visit our YouTube channel for an 8-part installation series to get started.
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