Case Studies

Indianapolis, Indiana

Becovic Management Group

Becovic Chooses LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding for Its Durability, Easy Installation and Wide Range of Colors and Textures

Project Summary

In constructing its upscale community The Preserve at Willow Springs, Becovic Management Group wanted durable siding solutions that offered a wide range of colors and finishes. The company also wanted an easier-to-install siding product that produced little breakage or waste. Becovic chose LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding because it met all these criteria with flying colors.

SUMMARY

Becovic Management Group of Indiana owns and manages all the properties it builds. In selecting trim and siding for The Preserve at Willow Springs, a 90-unit master planned community dedicated to preserving the beauty of nature in suburban Indianapolis, Becovic was looking for long-term dependability. In addition, Becovic wanted a trim and siding product that would be easier to install. For these reasons, they chose LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

OBJECTIVES

The Preserve at Willow Springs is noted for its amenities, which include a spacious pool, landscaped garden and walking trails. The community has already achieved the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) gold rating, thanks in part to its high-efficiency insulation and innovation in water conservation.

Residents also have a discerning aesthetic eye. The building exteriors feature a lot of different color schemes and textures, including board and batten. Becovic wanted to use a siding product that produced very little breakage or waste, yet would combine rugged reliability with a wide range of colors and finishes.

“I used to do all the Habitat for Humanity construction here in Hamilton County,” says Randy McKnight, Becovic’s president of construction. “For those projects, you want a product that’s easy to use and manage—and doesn’t result in a lot of breakage or waste. I had heard that LP SmartSide Trim & Siding performed well in those circumstances, and we decided it was the best choice for The Preserve at Willow Springs.”

IMPLEMENTATION

Becovic installed LP® SolidStart® LSL in the headers and later used LP SmartSide Trim & Siding for the property’s siding. It was the first time Becovic had used the product. He also used LP SmartSide Soffit Panels and cut-to-width vented soffit panels.

“Our local LP rep was very helpful before and during construction,” adds McKnight. “He’s only a phone call away, and he was happy to visit the job site to show our crew how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding should be applied from a warranty standpoint. That can help minimize problems five or 10 years in the future.”

OUTCOME

As promised, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding was easier to install—and there was very little breakage or waste during application. The product gave builders a lot of creative options for exterior finishes.

“In the past, we’ve had trouble with fiber cement siding that required extensive maintenance about seven years after installation,” says McKnight. “I don’t foresee that happening with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding.”

Becovic plans to use LP SmartSide Trim & Siding on a 156-unit project called Ocean Blue that will break ground later this summer in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

“For the Florida project, the designs are done but the specs aren’t written yet,” says McKnight. “But we really like LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, and we have no plans to use anything different.”