News & Stories2 min

Clarke County OSB Mill Expands for LP FlameBlock Production

Last week, our Clarke County, Alabama, OSB mill broke ground on a new expansion for production of our LP FlameBlock fire-rated OSB sheathing. Dignitaries from around the area joined LP officials in celebrating the groundbreaking for a new building that will house the production. 

LP selected the Clarke County mill for the FlameBlock sheathing production line because of its strong workforce and proven performance in manufacturing commodity OSB from safety, quality and environmental perspectives.  In addition, the Clarke County mill produces 9- and 10-foot LP LongLength OSB Sheathing, often preferred for FlameBlock fire-rated wall applications.

Plans call for the multi-million dollar project to be completed in the third quarter of 2016, with production scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.  

The Freedonia Group predicts that US flame retardant demand will rise 6.0% yearly to 1.1 billion pounds in 2016, with construction products being the fastest growing market. LP is committed to meeting the high demand for fire-rated OSB with adequate production facilities such as our newest mill expansion in Clarke County.

Curious how LP FlameBlock helps slow the spread of flame and heat? Read about the science behind the product.

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News & Stories5 min

‘Tis the Season: LP Gives “Shed” an All-New Meaning

In recent years, sheds have become popular for uses beyond practical storage solutions, like a place to put holiday decorations during the off-season. You may know them as she sheds, man caves, hobby sheds, home offices and even backyard bars. Whatever your customers’ needs, sheds offer multifunctional versatility that can help bring them to life in unique ways.

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Business Advice7 min
What to Do When You Uncover Asbestos

Most re-siding projects are on older homes, so it’s a good bet you’ve seen your share of asbestos siding if you operate in the business of siding renovations. Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was commonly added to cement board siding for durability and resistance to fire and weather during the 1920s to 1980s.

Industry Trends6 min
Choosing Durable Building Materials for Distinct Coastal Design

As an architect, putting your stamp of approval on building materials that stand the test of time is one of your top priorities. Multifamily builds when located on the coast, bring their own challenges from the start. With coastal weather conditions, you have unique durability challenges to consider. Coastal weather conditions include increased moisture, heat, humidity, and inclement weather—and your building materials must withstand them all. SAGA Construction, Inc., located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is no stranger to the coast’s weather. When they embarked on a recent multifamily project, Cambridge Cove, SAGA executed a design with building materials that would appeal across demographics (homeowners and vacationers alike) while emphasizing durability. Let’s see how they did it.

Business Advice6 min
How to Sell Value in Construction

On custom homes, builders and developers sometimes avoid value-added building materials for a variety of reasons. They might veto those products if the upfront cost is more expensive than standard materials, when in fact the value-added solutions can often lower the long-term cost of ownership for the buyers. In addition, they might fear that crews aren’t as familiar with the value-added materials, which could add to construction time or impact proper installation.