The LP SmartSide©: A Revolution in Shed Siding

How the LP SmartSide© Redefined Shed Construction Quality for Summit Portable Buildings

When it comes to constructing sheds, the choice of siding material plays a crucial role in both aesthetics and functionality. Traditionally, wood has been the go-to option for its natural charm and durability. However, in recent times, innovative technologies have emerged that offer a compelling alternative. Among these, the LP SmartSide©  with a wood grain cedar texture has gained significant popularity among shed builders. Let’s unpack what LP SmartSide©  is, its advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional wood siding like treated T1-11, and highlight Summit Portable Buildings’ commitment to offering this remarkable product with a 50-year limited warranty.

The LP SmartSide© vs A Traditional Wood Siding

The LP SmartSide© is a cutting-edge siding material that combines the best of both worlds: the timeless appeal of wood and the technological advancements of modern construction materials. It is crafted using engineered wood strands and fibers that are bonded together with adhesive resins, creating a strong and durable composite material. The standout feature of the LP SmartSide©  is its wood grain cedar texture, which replicates the look and feel of natural cedar wood. This technology provides the aesthetic charm of wood without the drawbacks associated with traditional wood siding.

An example of a traditional siding is a treated T1-11 siding that is a widely used material in construction, known for its affordability and versatility. It is typically made from plywood sheets with vertical grooves spaced evenly to create a textured appearance. The “T1-11” designation refers to the type of plywood used, which is usually exterior-grade, ensuring it can withstand the elements. This siding is often treated with preservatives to enhance its resistance against rot, decay, and insect infestations. While it offers durability and a classic wood siding look, it may require more maintenance, such as periodic painting or staining, to preserve its appearance and protect against moisture-related issues over time.

Advantages of the LP SmartSide©

  1. 1. Aesthetic Appeal: The wood grain cedar texture of the LP SmartSide©  adds a touch of elegance and rustic charm to any shed. It retains the warmth and visual appeal of natural wood, making it a popular choice among those who want their sheds to blend seamlessly into their surroundings.

2. Durability: The LP SmartSide©  is engineered to resist the wear and tear that can plague traditional wood siding. It is highly resistant to rot, decay, and termite infestations, ensuring the longevity of your shed.

3. Low Maintenance: Unlike wood siding, the LP SmartSide©  requires minimal maintenance. It doesn’t need regular painting or staining to preserve its appearance. This saves both time and money in the long run.

4. Weather Resistance: The LP SmartSide©  is designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions. It resists warping, cracking, and peeling, ensuring that your shed remains in excellent condition even in extreme climates.

5. Environmental Sustainability: The LP SmartSide© is manufactured using sustainable forestry practices, making it an eco-friendly choice for environmentally conscious builders.

Disadvantages of LP SmartSide©

1. Cost: While the LP SmartSide© offers numerous benefits, it can be more expensive upfront compared to traditional wood siding options. However, the reduced maintenance costs over time can offset this initial expense.

2. Limited Authenticity: While the LP SmartSide© convincingly mimics the look of natural wood, some purists may still prefer the genuine texture and grain patterns of real wood siding.

Summit Portable Buildings: A Commitment to Quality

Summit Portable Buildings is a leader in the shed construction industry, known for its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. One of the key reasons for success over the past decade is its choice of the LP SmartSide©  as the primary siding material for its sheds. Ervin Stutzman, owner of Summit Portable Buildings, explains the company’s preference for the LP SmartSide© : “In the past ten years, the LP SmartSide© has been the material of choice for Summit Portable Buildings because of the style and the look, as well as the protection it provides from mold and termites.

 In the world of shed construction, the LP SmartSide© with wood grain cedar texture stands out as a revolutionary siding material. It offers numerous advantages over traditional wood products like treated T1-11 siding, including durability, low maintenance, weather resistance, and environmental sustainability. 


While it may come with a slightly higher upfront cost, the long-term benefits make it a compelling choice for builders and shed owners alike. Summit Portable Buildings, a trusted name in the industry, provides the LP SmartSide©  products with a 50-year limited warranty, ensuring that your shed will stand the test of time while retaining its aesthetic charm. So, when it comes to selecting the perfect siding material for your shed, consider the timeless appeal and modern durability of the LP SmartSide© .

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