Dealers who sell premium, high-quality materials such as LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding must master the art of conveying the value of these premium building materials to their customers. To convince a builder or remodeler to use engineered wood siding because of its many advantages, it’s all about going beyond the basics. Make sure you do your homework on the following points.
Bottom line: While LP SmartSide products come with a higher price tag, they also come with trusted, proven performance results. If you are a dealer who would like to learn more about using LP products in your business, schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative by calling (888) 820-0325.
Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.Continue Reading
While many building professionals actively seek out exterior trends at the start of the new year, it’s important to keep on top of trends as we approach the latter half of 2019. Taking a mid-year look at what industry trends have dominated so far and what’s to come will ensure you are delivering your customers timely recommendations when it comes to their home’s aesthetic.
One of the most vexing problems in home construction is that productivity isn’t rising fast enough – even though there are fabulous productivity tools everywhere you look. Making a process lean and efficient isn’t always the answer, according to John Murphy from the consulting firm FMI. Sometimes a process can be scrapped entirely, which in turn causes productivity to soar. But it can only happen when all the key stakeholders – developers, designers, manufacturers and builders – tear down their respective silos and start collaborating more effectively.
The on-going shortage of skilled labor in the construction field is forcing manufacturers to find creative ways to deal with it, particularly in product design and training. First, the products themselves need to be intuitive and designed to eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Sub-flooring products offer a good example of how to design for easy installation.