Spring is synonymous with tackling outdoor home renovations. The days are longer, the weather is fairer and we’re eager to get outside. Winter may not be the season homeowners traditionally consider for a backyard shed-building project, but there are several reasons why now is the time to get started—so you can actually enjoy your backyard addition come spring and summertime.
Since winter is the off-season for construction, there’s a good chance your shed dreams will become a reality more quickly if you’re employing a professional. At the first sign of spring, construction enters its busiest time of year. If you’re fortunate enough to work with your top choice during peak season, you may be competing for their attention while they juggle a demanding workload. As a bonus, some professionals may have more competitive pricing, reducing labor costs due to lower demand.
It may seem counterintuitive, but winter weather could be just the time for building a shed, especially in areas with milder climates. By getting started now, you could avoid potential delays once the unpredictable rainy season hits in spring. Ensure your shed materials stand up to a wintertime installation. LP® SmartSide® products are ideal because they incorporate SmartGuard Treated Wood Strand Technology, which protects against the elements. However, before you embark on your build, ensure the ground is not frozen, which could cause foundational issues later.
If you’re planning to tackle the shed build yourself, this could be just the hobby to distract you during the stir-crazy winter months. Or, if you’re hiring a professional, the collaborative planning process could also do the trick. Whether you plan to use your shed as a gardening storage unit, workshop or entertaining spot, start now and you’ll be enjoying the space once warmer weather arrives.
The weatherability and durability of LP SmartSide products can help you tackle your backyard shed project no matter the month. Take the first step in the planning process with our visualizer, and find a dealer near you.
If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.Continue Reading
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).
With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.
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.