So…This is a HOT TOPIC 🔥 in the world of siding and needs to be thought about from an unbiased opinion. Obviously at Tulsa Renew I have been a huge proponent of James Hardie Siding for almost 20 years but I want to compare the two in this blog, hitting on the highlights of the two products so that you can make a good decision for your home. Lets start with what the products are made of…
Lp Smartside is “Engineered Wood” (YES…I SAID “WOOD”). This is one of the main reasons that I don’t use this product on my customers homes. I feel like I would be doing an injustice to them for several reasons besides just installing wood with glues in it on their house and being able to sleep at night know these bullet points:
- ITS A COMBINATION OF WOOD AND GLUE
- IT EXPANDS AND SEPARATES IN WATER OVER TIME
- ITS WARRANTY IS MUCH INFERIOR TO THE JAMES HARDIE WARRANTY ONLY COVERING YOUR PROJECT 100% FOR 5 YEARS!
- Here is a link to the warranty LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty
- YOU REALLY WANT TO WATCH OUT FOR “PRORATED” WARRANTEES BECAUSE AFTER THE 5 YEARS, THE AMOUNT OF COVERAGE THAT YOU RECIVE IS UNBELIEVABLY LIMITED
Here are some pictures of LP SmartSide and how the product deteriorates over a relatively short amount of time…
James Hardie Siding is cement that is made to not crack, chip and rot EVER! Here is the thing that always boggles my mind when I meet with people that have had other companies come to their house and give them the sales pitch against the fiber cerement siding product…They say things like it expands in water and thats just not true! Does your sidewalk or driveway that is made out of the same material expand with water??? NO!
I also here things like, “the dust when you cut the Hardie plank is toxic and made out silica and can kill you”…maybe if you suck on the saw while its being cut! Haha (not recommended 😂) These things that are brought up by sales guys that have never held a hammer in their life are hilarious and completely ignorant! 🤷♂️
The truth is that “scary silica dust” is SIMPLY SAND!!!⛱
(obviously you shouldn’t breath it but its not going to kill you while we are working on your house😵) This is a scare tactic used by bias and uninformed sales guys from other companies and someone should give them a spanking and sit them in the corner for at least 20minutes for this shenanigan.🤔
The warrantees on the James Hardie are lifetime when installed by a company like ours and we are the only one in Tulsa and have been installing James Hardie Siding the longest…We are the ONLY Certified James Hardie Installer in Tulsa!
- IT IS MADE OF CEMENT
- IT DOES NOT ROT
- IT DOES NOT EXPAND WITH MOISTURE
- IT HAS A LIFETIME WARRANTY THAT IS TRANSFERABLE
- NEVER PAINT AGAIN
- FIRE PROOF
- HAIL PROOF
- INSECT PROOF
- WOOD PECKER PROOF
- LOOKS MORE GENUINE LIKE WOOD WITHOUT THE MAINTENANCE
- ONLY PRODUCT BESIDES STANDARD WOOD APPROVED FOR HISTORIC RENOVATIONS
- BETTER RETURN ON INVESTMENT
And here is the absolutely crazy thing about this:
MOST OF THE TIME IT IS THE SAME COST AS AN LP SMARTSIDE PROJECT!!!
(This blows my mind 🤯)
I always think to myself that there is no one in the world dumb enough to choose FAKE ENGINEERED WOOD over CEMENT!!! (Especially if the cost is halfway close! 🤦♂️)
Ok…So I’m a little bias in the end but look at the facts and don’t be fooled! There is no way that I would ever recommend the use of OSB(oriented strand board) for the exterior siding on my home OR YOURS!!!!
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