I’m getting ready to build a shop and I’m trying to decide on a siding material. I’ve used cedar and hardiplank a lot but I’m considering trying LP’s Smartside. Does anyone have any experience with it? What does it cost? I’m also considering wood siding with Cabot’s factory finish. Any recommendations?
I've used the horizontal 7" +/- SmartSide lap siding (borate treated OSB with a pressed wood grain surface). Very easy to work with and turned out nice !
How well does it last? I have never seen an LP product I would be proud to put my name on.
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I've never seen a fake woodgrain product I'd be proud to put my nane on...and my name's a lot less famous than Piffin's!
The original poster was asking about a product for a shop, not a high-end residence. Keeping everything in perspective, I believe it is a product that has many desirable features, i.e. cost, easy to work with, 16' lengths, solid feel, insects don't like borate, etc. I installed it on a cabin 3 years ago and am totally satisfied. I've seen a lot of "real wood" applications that looked like crap after 3 years.
You do have a point - I was shooting from the lip (The keyboard?) But, I am always inclined to put up things like that plain side out.
I have the kind of vision that goes right to the woodgrain repetition, & drives me nuts - just an unfortunate idiosincracy!
I always ask myself why they just can't make it plain.
I will be re-siding half my house this spring and have chosen hardiplank. If you have lots of experience with this product, is it that you were not satisfied with it that has you looking in a different direction for your own personal use? I was under the impression that hardiplank is the cadillac of siding. Just curious.