It’s happened to nearly every architect and builder: products are specified, plans are made, and months later directives are overlooked or overruled by the contractor on the jobsite. Perhaps its habit or preference, perhaps something is overlooked.
Some product swaps result in zero risk, but in other cases specified materials are crucial for meeting code requirements, achieving desired design goals, or maintaining tight budgets. For example, specifying LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing to achieve fire-rated assemblies shifts the makeup of the rest of a wall assembly, so switching the sheathing on the fly can impact code approvals, lead to cost overruns, or, ultimately, potentially affect the safety of building occupants.
Here are a few strategies for improving communication with subcontractors and framers to ensure that design and product specifications are met:
According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).Continue Reading
It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.
It’s a silly name, but a “butt joint” is an application technique where two pieces of material are “butted” up against each other. It is the simplest joint to make, and a butt joint can be either end to end or end to face. Depending on the width of the wall, butt joints will occur where two pieces of lap siding come together, creating a vertical seam. LP® SmartSide® lap siding products are available in 16’ lengths, and can help reduce the amount of seams where a butt joint would normally occur when using shorter pieces.
For many years, construction pros have relied on experience and gut instinct more than on data, but that’s rapidly changing. Many banks, investment groups and insurance companies now need a construction data analysis to help identify potential risks before okaying a construction deal. And in the field, builders need easy access to actionable information – both at the lot level and company-wide – to help boost quality, control costs and manage trade partners.