Inspiration5 min

Engineering: The Key to High-Performance Products

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.

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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by Realtor.com found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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News & Stories6 min
The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

Business Advice6 min
Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.