Last week we met with our contractors to decide once and for all what siding we were going for on our house and my goodness, there were a lot of decisions. The original design plan called for James Hardie Aspyre siding but our contractors encouraged us to look into LP SmartSide. Normally, I would 100% just go for what the designer suggested (and I was more familiar with the James Hardie brand), but because our contractors are local, they had more experience installing both in our weather conditions and said that the SmartSide would last longer in cold, dry Idaho.
I still went in to a deep dive researching the pros and cons (this article came in handy!) and came to the conclusion: They are both incredible products.
I called on my friend, Kim from Yellow Brick Home, who recently re-sided their two-flat to see if she had any insight and she said she just asked Daniel from Manhattan Nest the same thing–the verdict: Go with SmartSide. The installation will be more affordable for us since it’s lighter and what our contractors recommend.
The next choice? The width of the siding. Our contractor assumed we’d want 12″ siding with the size of our house, but in my mind, it was a lot thinner. And then I referenced the design and it was a lot thinner, too.
And then I referenced my inspiration photos:
Apparently I like thin, dark siding. Haha! The SmartSide comes in 12″, 8″ and 6″ thickness (each will overlap 1″ so it will really look like 11, 7 and 5). I’m leaning toward the 6″!
The last decision we need to make is cedar grain or smooth.
My gut is telling me smooth, but would it look extra cottage-y in the cedar?? Help!
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