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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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

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.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

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.

Industry Trends8 min
Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

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.

Industry Trends7 min
A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

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.