When it comes to choosing your siding materials, you have no shortage of options. You have an array of brands and even a wider range of types for your consideration. When replacing your siding, it’s important that you choose the right type and brand since it protects your home from harsh weather, including hailstorms. While almost every brand and type can perform admirably, there’s one worth mentioning: LP® SmartSide® siding.
LP® SmartSide® Siding vs. Hail: The Results
Surprisingly, summer season is peak hail months, meaning your siding is vulnerable if it can’t hold up well against it. This is where LP SmartSide can help. The National Wind Institute’s Debris Impact Facility conducted tests on LP SmartSide lap siding and showed just how well the brand can endure hailstorms compared to fiber cement or vinyl siding.
According to these tests, LP SmartSide siding showed no signs of impact when it was struck by a 1.75-inch hailstone at 81 miles per hour. Compared to that, fiber cement siding showed dents ranging from 0.082 inches to 0.201 inches after being struck by a 1.75-inch hailstone at 74 miles per hour. The average vinyl siding, meanwhile, showed weaker resistance to hailstorms as it was fractured by a 1.25-inch hailstone at a speed of mere 57 miles per hour.
What the Tests Show
Without a doubt, the tests clearly show which siding brand is the best choice when it comes to protecting your home against hailstorms. In fact, homeowners are already reaping the benefits of the LP SmartSide siding as a recent hailstorm in Denver caused hail damage to vinyl and hardboard siding, making repairs or replacements necessary in over 500 homes. However, homes with LP SmartSide siding showed no signs of damage.
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