My builder in Vermont exclusively uses LP Smartside for smooth (not textured/wood grain) clapboard and they are no longer making the smooth product (as of March 2022). He is not interested in using Hardi siding. I find the wood grain texture option in these products end up looking fake and plastic-y.
Does anyone have experience with Lifespan Solid Select or Claymark Solid Gold clapboards for siding a custom-build home in Vermont? We would be painting the siding a darker color.