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What Are The Pros and Cons of LP Siding & Engineered Wood Siding?

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This time we want to illustrate for you the pros and cons of LP Siding and engineered wood siding. In just the past few decades, we’ve seen a massive increase in the variety, style, and sophistication of siding materials. It’s important to know, however, all the strong and weak aspects of siding types, so that you know what to expect over the long haul for your home’s exterior.

All Star Products is happy to share with you some helpful information regarding the LP Siding brand, as well as why we prefer James Hardie materials.

Pros and Cons of LP Siding & Engineered Wood


  • Engineered wood is pretty aesthetic material.
  • It’s a good imitation of that classical wooden finish many homeowners find appealing.
  • It can even be made to appear somewhat similar to fiber cement siding.
  • It’s fairly easy to install, the materials are readily available, and many installation crews can handle hanging it.


  • It’s vulnerable to pests and woodpeckers because it’s still wood.
  • It’s not the most affordable.
  • You can experience problems like wood rot that will require maintenance.
  • Like wood, it’s vulnerable to other moisture problems like expansion and contraction.

Understanding the Pros and Cons of LP Siding

On the positive side, engineered wood like LP Siding has solid curb appeal, and it’s a pretty differentiated product. There are plenty of fine-looking homes that utilize this material.

On the other hand, while we can say that engineered wood has come a long way, its quality doesn’t match up to other products like James Hardie Siding.

Unfortunately, with imitation wood, you can expect some of the wood’s drawbacks like pests, expansion and contraction, wood rot, and woodpeckers. Whereas with fiber cement siding, those problems don’t exist. There’s no such thing as a “cement pecker.”

LP siding is made from something called OSB (Oriented Strand Board), which usually comes from chipboards made from wood fibers and glues. You see this material in floor panels or in walls. LP basically tapes a paper skin over the top of it to turn it into the siding. However, with that kind of synthetic plywood, it should be no surprise that it suffers from the same weaknesses as traditional wood siding.

James Hardie Siding: Better Material for the Same Cost

If you’re going to spend a similar amount of money on the LP brand as you would James Hardie Siding, we think the latter is the obvious choice. It outperforms the engineered wood in LP Siding substantially for about the same price.

James Hardie siding offers . . .

  • More durability and longevity
  • Uses cement siding that won’t attract bugs and woodpeckers
  • Is just as aesthetically appealing with way more color options
  • Is commonly found in wealthy neighborhoods with beautiful homes
  • Is more affordable

We would be happy to explain the cost of James Hardie or any other siding material in more detail whenever you allow us to review your home’s siding and give you a free estimate.

All Star Products: Masters of Siding

All Star Products is capable of handling every siding material on the market, but we’re especially proficient with James Hardie Siding. We consider it the best bang-for-your-buck and all our installation technicians receive specialized training from the manufacturer. That’s how you know All Star Products will do the job properly.

You can expect nothing less than 100% Customer Satisfaction when you use our services. We have numerous testimonials on our website from happy clients, and we always get positive feedback on customer review sites like Google and Yelp. In addition to that, we’ve earned the Better Business Bureau’s A+ accreditation.

This makes us the # 1 siding, windows, and doors company anywhere in Northern Illinois.

We hope this provides you with some useful insight into the various pros and cons of LP Siding and that you’ll contact us when you’re ready to tackle your next big home siding project.

dave donofrio

Dave Donofrio

Owner & CEO

Dave Donofrio is owner and CEO of All Star Products, LLC.  After a two decade career at James Hardie, Dave partnered with the team at All Star to bring advances in exterior remodeling material and technology, while preserving the family friendly, customer oriented approached that been the key to All Star’s success over the last 35 years.


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