The ongoing labor shortage means building industry professionals must choose the materials they install wisely. High-performance materials help contractors stretch their manpower by saving time, labor and money. An excellent example of a high-performing material is LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, an innovative siding product that’s strong and lighter weight for less breakage and frustration on the job site than fiber cement siding.
LP SmartSide siding is complemented by LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia products. These come in different lengths, widths, profiles, textures and substrates. In addition to providing a premium appearance that enhances the curb appeal of any home, LP SmartSide trim and fascia is available in 16-foot lengths for fewer seams than most house trim. Here’s more about how builders and siding contractors can benefit from using longer-length trim products.
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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.