Not all exterior siding options are created equal. LP shed products are beautiful and exceptionally durable to make your storage building or other structure a cut above the rest. If you’re ready to start a shed project, check out this video to see some quick tips for success when installing LP® SmartSide® panel siding.
When building your shed, make sure to keep LP SmartSide panel siding at least six inches from the ground. To achieve this, use blocks on a gravel base or materials designed for ground contact under the skids. You’ll get the proper ground clearance and be able to level your shed.
Avoid making long vertical cuts by ensuring all LP SmartSide panel joints meet on a stud. If they don’t, you can always add an extra stud where the panels meet. If you have to cut a panel, make the cut at the end of the wall where it will be covered by trim.
Always install your windows and flashing to the studs before you hang your LP SmartSide panel siding. Carefully cut the window opening in the panel with a 3/16-inch gap along the sides and the bottom of the window, and a 3/8-inch gap along the top. This will allow you to slope the flashing to channel water over the window head.
It’s easy to install LP SmartSide panels perfectly straight by nailing a level 2×4 ledger board around the floor joists. Position and secure the panels per your nailing instructions, then remove the ledger board.
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In the last few months, the world has been completely upended by COVID-19. Construction and building material suppliers have been named “essential” businesses in many states, but the designation continues to evolve in both definition and implementation. The NAHB has an interactive map with statewide stay-at-home orders and construction exemptions to those orders, but contact your local HBA or regulatory offices for up-to-date or more detailed information. While uncertainties about the future of the building industry loom, there are a number of proactive measures you can take in the interim to help your business during this trying time.