How James Hardie Siding Compares to LP Smartside Siding

At Scottish Home Improvements, we often are asked about Fiber Cement/HardiePlankSiding vs. LP SmartSide Siding for homes in Highlands Ranch and all over the Denver/Metro area for that matter.  While both are fantastic, siding products, they both have their ups and downs when it comes to installation, appearance, pricing, and performance.  Below we have taken the time to outline the differences and how these matter to you as a Highlands ranch homeowner looking for new siding.

The Differences Between James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding and LP Smart Siding

When it comes to high-performance siding both James Hardie Fiber Cement and LP SmartSide are strong contenders for any home looking for a lasting They both have excellent qualities,  a reputation for durability and lengthy performance and as such should be prime choices for your home’s exterior.  However, outlined below are key differences for you to take into consideration when choosing a new siding for your Highlands Ranch home.


When it comes to warranty, LP Smart siding does edge out James Hardie Fiber cement as they offer a 50-year warranty, as compared to a 30-year warranty.  However, since, many of the problems with either product typically stem from improper installation, it points to the issue being not which high-performance siding you choose but rather who you choose install the siding for your home.


Both siding options are considered by any standards to be very durable options as new siding for your home.  However, James Hardie, especially in Colorado, does edge out the competition sheerly because of its fire resistance properties.  It is worth sharing that Fiber Cement siding is also moisture-resistant and won’t crack or ward cracking, thanks to the cellulose fibers which boost its dimensional stability.


While both sidings offer high-quality finishes and will make your Highlands Ranch home the talk of the neighborhood by virtue of looking so incredibly high-end.  James Hardie Fiber Cement offers a bit more selection of colors that tend to give a house a slightly more modern, high-end look than that of LP.

Ease Of Installation

One place where LP Smart Siding has the edge on James Hardie Fiber Cement is ease of installation.  LP is a lighter siding, that contains no silica, which makes it easier and safer for crews to install.  However, since our crews at Scottish Home Improvements are extremely experienced and know exactly how to install James Hardie siding properly, this benefit is nearly moot.

For more information on either siding for your Highlands Ranch home, contact us at Scottish Home Improvement for a free, on-site estimate today!

Martin Faith is the founder and owner of Scottish Home Improvements. In 2002, Martin became inspired to start his own siding company after he had a negative experience with a local contractor. His goal was to set a new standard for the industry by providing excellent customer service. Today, Scottish Home Improvements is the top Elite Preferred James Hardie contractor in the state of Colorado. Over the years, Martin's company has received numerous awards and recognitions including 12 consecutive gold stars and an A+ Rating from the BBB as well as the James Hardie President's Club Award.