Business Advice6 min

Four Online Visualizer Tools Every R&R Pro Should Know

Kicking off an exterior home remodeling project can be both exciting and very overwhelming for your client. When flipping through design magazines and product websites, homeowners are faced with a myriad of choices—paint color, window sizes, awnings, roof options. The list goes on.

Luckily, many manufacturers have developed online visualizer tools that can take much of the guesswork out of design choices. We’ve rounded up some of the most helpful online tools that can bring visual life to your client’s exterior remodeling project before it even starts. Keep these apps and websites bookmarked the next time you’re working with a client who needs some visual reassurance during the remodel process.

LP SmartSide Visualizer – Paint swatches are helpful, but they don’t let your clients see the full impact of colors displayed on an entire house. The LP® SmartSide® Visualizer lets homeowners choose from different LP SmartSide trim and siding colors and experiment with color combinations. They can also choose from different siding styles such as lap, cedar shakes or panels.

HOVER – LP Building Products recently announced a partnership with HOVER®, the platform that transforms smartphone photos of a home into a fully measured, customizable 3D model. As a re-side contractor, you can walk your clients through 3D options of their home featuring LP SmartSide products. The app also allows you to easily measure and estimate the project, speeding up the process for everyone involved. 

Renewal by Anderson Window & Door Visualizer – New windows can drastically improve the curb appeal of a home, but your clients may have difficulty visualizing what they’ll look like once fully installed. Renewal by Anderson® Door & Window Visualizer lets customers choose from many different window sizes and styles, and it even lets them see how they’d look from both the inside and outside of the home.

Better Homes & Garden’s Plan-a-Garden – With all of the exterior upgrades to a house, clients will likely be itching to add some surrounding landscaping. Plan-a-Garden lets them experiment with different gardening themes and layouts. Choose from over 150 trees, shrubs and flowers to create a small window treatment or a complete redesign of a yard.

Offer these visualizers to your clients and let them see a completed dream home remodeled from start to finish. Once they’ve found the perfect LP SmartSide siding and trim colors, be sure to check out our Where to Buy page to find an LP SmartSide supplier near you!

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Industry Trends6 min

Where the Construction Labor Shortage Is Most Severe

According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).

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Industry Trends7 min
A Commitment to Product Availability

It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.

Business Advice10 min
How to Prevent Lap Siding from Buckling by Using a Butt Joint

It’s a silly name, but a “butt joint” is an application technique where two pieces of material are “butted” up against each other. It is the simplest joint to make, and a butt joint can be either end to end or end to face. Depending on the width of the wall, butt joints will occur where two pieces of lap siding come together, creating a vertical seam. LP® SmartSide® lap siding products are available in 16’ lengths, and can help reduce the amount of seams where a butt joint would normally occur when using shorter pieces.

Industry Trends7 min
Why You Should Rely On Data Rather Than Instinct

For many years, construction pros have relied on experience and gut instinct more than on data, but that’s rapidly changing. Many banks, investment groups and insurance companies now need a construction data analysis to help identify potential risks before okaying a construction deal. And in the field, builders need easy access to actionable information – both at the lot level and company-wide – to help boost quality, control costs and manage trade partners.