When buying a new wood shed, there are many things to consider. One of them is, “What kind of siding is best?” While sheds made with T1-11 are less expensive than sheds with LP® siding, will it actually save you money in the long run?
While this may not be the first thing you think of, but the type of siding your wood shed is constructed with is a major factor.
LP® manufactured wood siding is the best choice for wood sheds. Our LP® Smartside siding is weather resistant, does not need yearly staining or painting (once painted), rot, decay and insect resistant, and paint jobs are more durable with LP® Smartside siding.
Why Using T1-11 Siding on a Wood Shed is a Thing of the Past…
Wood sheds used to be made with T1-11 siding, also known as plywood.
While T1-11 siding is cheaper, it cannot stand up to the elements of mother nature as well as LP® wood siding and requires yearly maintenance. Even with regular maintenance plywood is extremely susceptible to water damage. Conversely, after painting, LP® siding requires very little maintenance.
Advantages of LP® Smartside Siding
- Rot, decay and insect resistant
- Easy to paint and maintain
- Attractive, natural look of wood
- Very durable; Hardboard protective face on the surface
- Outer coating of wood pulp, resin and linseed oil, leading to a near-moisture proof board.
Advantages of T1-11 (Plywood)
- 100% Natural
Disadvantages of LP® Smartside Siding
- Higher costs
Disadvantages of T1-11 (Plywood)
- Require yearly maintenance
- Prone to wicking water, which leads to rot
- Poor painting properties. T1-11 is rough and paint doesn’t stick very well, which can lead to warping and peeling paint.
- Professional maintenance recommended to keep wood at its best
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, commonly known as “LP”, is an United States building materials manufacturer. Today, LP® is the world’s largest producer of OSB and manufactures engineered wood building products.
LP® Siding is the Best Choice for a Wood Shed
As you can see from my above pro and con list, LP® siding is the better choice for a wood shed unless you just happen to really, really love T1-11 siding.
These days, all the rage is over “natural” products. However, LP® Smartside siding is actually more natural than it may initially appear. It is still pure wood, but with an added layer of protection. It’s simply a product that has taken natural materials and processed them into a maintenance free wood.
If you’d prefer to have your maintenance done up front, then choose LP® siding.
If you prefer to maintain your wood shed, year after year, adding coats of paint, layers of primer and insect repellent, then choose plywood. In the end, they will both end up with the same amount of added layers. Plus, the expenses of maintaining the T1-11 siding will end up costing you more money!
As the old saying goes, “Work smart, not hard.” Smartside siding is the “smart” choice, so you don’t have to “work hard.”
What would you choose?
Visit the Louisiana Pacific website* to learn more about their fine products.
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