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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   Estimates of the lifespan of the material range up to 100+ years and the manufacturer provides a limited warranty of 50 years, so it’s likely that the actual life expectancy is somewhere between those two numbers. But it is still a fairly new material, and only time will tell.

    We recently used 4’x8’ sheets of pre-primed Smartside® for a small remodeling project, and were pleasantly surprised. It is lighter than plywood, which makes it easier to handle, the pre-priming saves work at the jobsite, and it costs a little less too. Also, engineered wood does not need special tools for cutting, like fiber-cement products. It’s likely there will be a lot more engineered wood siding used on new homes in the coming years.



While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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