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I plan to side part of a house with lp smartside 8" lap siding but will be doing board & batten on some gables & upper level. It seems as though many are using hardi/fiber cement for the board & batten but I don't hear about much with smartside. Any reason not to use prefinished (diamond kote smartside panels & trim.
 

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I'm doing something similar with LP smartside. Found 4x9 7/16" panels for sheating, no grooves, adding 1x2 smartrim over studs. Smartside seems easier to install than FC, no nasty dust, or shear debris. Nails are a lot easier to manage, as far as blow out.
 

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If anyone still cares... LP Smart panel and Smartrim. The flashing lines at plywood intervals are annoying, the only alternative I came up with is to use 16“ x16' Smartsoffit split on studs. Then I would need base sheeting or cross bracing.

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Whats nice about using a 2x band board is after putting on the z-bar, add a 1/4" shim to stand your sheet off the band, makes a handy ledger for setting sheets, especially these 4x10 sheets. Plus add the thickness of the hardie and the 1x batten you are just bit shy of the full thickness of the band board.
 
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