The Scottish physicist Lord Kelvin (who devised the Kelvin temperature scale) once said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”
It’s difficult to measure the performance characteristics of many traditional building materials like lumber and stone – and they haven’t improved significantly for centuries. If builders use green wood in a wall, it will eventually twist and warp.
In contrast, LP engineered wood products can be continuously tested, measured and improved, which is the key to providing added value and high performance. LP CEO Brad Southern explores some of these advantages in an article called “Driving Performance” in the latest Engineered Wood Magazine.
Here are some of the engineering innovations he highlights:
LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB. Type X gypsum hasn’t changed much in 75 years. It’s an effective material for meeting fire code, but it doesn’t offer much more. With LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated Sheathing, meeting fire code is just the beginning. It also provides greater structural strength and more design flexibility than most alternatives – and reduces labor and material costs by eliminating a layer of gypsum.
LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier. California’s rigorous new Title 24 energy codes are calling a lot of attention to “high-performance attics.” But LP TechShield Radiant Barrier has helped builders boost attic performance for more than 20 years. It blocks up to 97% of radiant heat to reduce cooling costs and lower attic temperatures up to 30° F.
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding. These products are engineered to be more durable than traditional wood, without the imperfections, knots and voids. In addition, LP SmartSide Trim & Siding outperforms both vinyl and fiber cement siding in a number of impact tests (including those conducted by the National Wind Institute). That’s why LP SmartSide products are now warranted for hail damage.
LP® Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring. LP Legacy Premium Sub-Flooring uses resins that bond wood fibers at the molecular level for premium performance. The product offers today’s highest density in sub-flooring, making it ideal to place underneath hardwood floors and tile applications.
LP is driven to deliver high performance in everything we do – and it all starts with our commitment to engineering excellence.
While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is easier to install, builders may feel pressured to skip a second look at installation guidelines in order to get a project complete on time or makeup for labor shortages. However, whether you’re a new or longtime LP SmartSide Trim & Siding user, taking the time to be attentive to proper installation will ensure you are upholding your product warranty and avoiding potential issues down the road.Continue Reading
Performance is written into everything we do at LP Building Solutions. This goes beyond the way our team members do their jobs, how we manufacture our products and the drive to deliver building solutions. We also watch, measure and steward our environmental performance. Sustainable sourcing and energy efficiency are just two ways we act as stewards of our environmental performance, but recently Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and LP signed a landmark conservation agreement to support 6.2 million acres in Manitoba’s boreal forest. This agreement is the culmination of an 18-year partnership between the two organizations that was jointly released in January 2020.
The homebuilding industry is always changing, thanks to housing trends, shifts in buyer preferences, new technologies and even finance options. We recently sat down with Brad Southern, CEO of LP Building Solutions, and Mike Sims, LP’s SVP of Marketing and Business Development, to discuss the latest industry developments.
Many construction companies and remodelers have been sorely challenged by the shortage of skilled laborers. As more companies struggle to find good workers and juggle projects, many are thirsty for strategies that promise to trim time.