News & Stories7 min

How LP Building Solutions Is Committed to You During COVID-19

At LP, we understand the challenging dynamics of the building industry—deadlines, limited skilled workforces, potential liabilities, reputation management and inventory shortages, just to name a few—and how those are amplified during this time of unparalleled unknown amid COVID-19. 

While we cannot solve this crisis, what we can do is continue to offer solutions to best support you as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19 together. Here is a look at how we are committed to you to ensure you have the products, tools and resources you need during this unprecedented time.

Our commitment to customers is based in:

  • Industry-leading warranties
  • Third-party testing
  • Jobsite efficiency
  • Customer service
  • Community involvement

Commitment to Industry-Leading Warranties

We know a product warranty that offers peace of mind is as important as ever—and we have your back. The LP SmartSide limited warranty offers 5/50-year protection customers can trust. For example, Jeff Hanesworth of Mountain Standard Homes said, “I want my customers to be happy indefinitely—not just for the first year until the builder warranty runs out—and LP SmartSide products offer that peace of mind.” 

LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier offers a 30-year warranty, longer than most housewraps. For contractor Jeff Smith, he takes pride in using the highest quality building materials and the warranty was a major factor in his decision to use it on his own home. “Choosing LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier was an easy decision because of its durability, strong warranty and company standing behind it.”

Commitment to Third-Party Testing

Wood scientists at the University of Maine tested LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring under rigorous requirements to measure moisture resistance, strength and stiffness.

Now more than ever pros are looking for ways to work smarter, not harder with economically viable product choices producing less waste, reducing labor and requiring less equipment alongside faster installation. We regularly engage in third-party testing to help you make informed product decisions you can trust. For example:

  • We recently examined productivity differences between LP SmartSide siding installation vs. competitive products. How does LP siding compare to fiber cement siding? LP SmartSide Lap Siding installed up to 22% faster than fiber cement lap.
  • Wood scientists at the University of Maine tested LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring alongside commodity OSB and plywood in a four-phase study simulating how the products would perform after a home installation. LP Legacy sub-flooring showed superior moisture resistance by taking two and a half times longer to absorb moisture.
  • LP Elements® Performance Fencing turned parts of the U.S. into one giant backyard to test how it stood up to extreme weather, from Hawaii to the Florida Keys. Testing proved LP Elements Performance Fencing offers better impact resistance compared to cedar and vinyl options.

Commitment to Jobsite Efficiency 

Additionally, John Babcock, owner of renovationPLUS, said that by using LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, he is confident he is easing homeowner concerns amid COVID-19. “By using LP SmartSide ExpertFinish products, we are able to offer homeowners security. This includes the obvious LP SmartSide product attributes and LP warranty, but also the additional layer of fewer people at their home and shorter project duration with prefinished siding.”

Commitment to Customers

While business has and will continue to change, we’re here to offer resources to get through it together. Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor, said now is the perfect time to take advantage of manufacturer loyalty programs for support. “Could a loyalty program offer you more leads, brush up your installation techniques or help you with new marketing materials? As a longtime LP® BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program member, I know they offer all these things.” Due to COVID-19, we have adapted our training approach to host virtual events led by The Kruse Brothers. LP BuildSmart members can reach out to their local sales reps to take advantage of these exclusive product training events.

We’re also here to help bring pros together to address common concerns and offer trusted peer advice during COVID-19. For example, click here for helpful suggestions and resources from five pros and click here for tips on how to manage COVID-19’s short- and long-term effects on your construction business.

Hardin Memorial Health Medical Group – Bardstown Family Medical Center Physician Holly McCoy displays LP Building Solutions donation.

In addition to our customers, we’re here to support our communities working to fight COVID-19. Most recently, The LP Foundation donated $50,000 to support healthcare workers and relieve hunger in our home city of Nashville. Additionally, LP mills have donated personal protective equipment—including N95 masks, gloves, Tychem suits and hoods—to healthcare systems, hospitals and first responders across the U.S. and Canada. 

If the housing crash of the mid-2000s taught us one thing, it is just how resilient we are as an industry. We have taken learnings from that experience to determine how to best adapt and adjust to the current situation to offer you support every step of the way, and we’re here to get through this together. For more advice, follow us on Instagram at @lp_pros.

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Business Advice4 min

Crushing the Top Rumors About Engineered Wood

LP Building Solutions uses engineered wood to create a portfolio of products that help professionals build smarter, better and faster. The innovations of engineered wood siding are relatively new. For instance, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding was introduced in 1997. Thanks to its advanced manufacturing process, it is one of the most durable siding solutions available. Sometimes people are skeptical of things that are really that good. So, let’s crush a few myths with engineered wood facts.

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Building Pier and Beam Foundation to Ease Maintenance and Repairability

Pier and beam design was among the most popular foundation techniques until the 1960s when concrete technology improved its floating slab system. Many builders use slab-on-grade construction—especially in warmer regions. We’re going to find out why professionals Jordan Smith of @jordansmithbuilds and Kyle Stumpenhorst of @rrbuildings chose pier and beam over slab-on-grade for the All-in-LP Build in Bellville, Texas. But first, let’s delve into pier and beam foundation.

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Embracing the Balance Between Resilient Design and Building Codes

From destructive hurricanes to fierce tornadoes, it seems news of catastrophic events is happening with alarming frequency. In fact, on March 3, 2020, an EF3 tornado tracked less than one mile from the LP Building Solutions headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, ripping through homes and businesses. While no traditional building can withstand the tremendous forces of disastrous weather events, it reminds us that embracing resilient construction and adopting stronger building codes could help protect our families, friends and neighbors.

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LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Installs 22% Faster: Proven Durability in Today’s Changing Market

As a building industry professional, recent market changes have likely impacted the way your business operates. As you adjust to a new normal, seeking out building material companies with proven efficiency and reliability from third-party testing can significantly influence the success of your business.