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Over the next several years, above-average gains are expected in the siding market, according to a report from Freedonia, a Cleveland-based market research group. As both residential and non-residential builders look to project exteriors, technological improvements to treated engineered wood can provide them with superior siding options.

With so many products to choose from (vinyl, fiber cement, brick, stucco, etc.)what makes treated engineered wood different? Quite a lot actually, and it all starts with the manufacturing process. Take LP® SmartSide® Siding as an example. The SmartGuard® manufacturing process really sets engineered wood apart from alternative siding materials.

The process begins with geometrically controlled pieces of wood bonded together using advanced resins created specifically for exterior applications. Zinc borate, a recognized wood preservative for engineered wood siding, is also impregnated throughout the entire wood substrate. An MDI saturated and pre-primed overlay is applied to the substrate for additional protection against the elements.

Then, the wood resin and zinc borate saturated wood strands, along with the advanced overlay, are put into a press under very high pressure and heat, creating a chemical reaction between the MDI resins and cellulosic fibers of the wood. The result is a unified and chemically bonded substrate that can stand up to the harsh conditions of almost any environment. nty unlike any other in the industry.

Special ingredients added during the process play a crucial role in giving engineered wood siding its strength, performance and protection against fungal decay and termites. The ingredients used to treat the product make all the difference:

• Hydrophobic waxes limit
moisture absorption.

• Durable exterior grade resins
tightly bind ingredients together.

• Zinc borate helps prevent moisture degradation, and helps protect


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I live in the Southern US, not near salt water but in an area of high sun, frequent rain, and summer pollution. I intend to use the best paint available and to get workers who will do the best preparation available.
Material, as stated above in OP, is wood on partial areas, HardiPlank siding on other areas.
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Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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