News & Stories6 min

International Builders’ Show 2017

We had a fantastic time at the 2017 International Builders’ Show earlier this month in sunny Orlando, Florida! This year at the show, we debuted a newly designed booth and featured many of our engineered wood products that help builders and remodelers build stronger, smarter and more innovative structures.

Within the booth, our new “Challenging the Elements” station was quite a hit with show attendees. Equipped with a weather simulator, the new display showcased some of our resilient building products in action. As “rainwater” cascaded over our LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, guests could see how the RainChannel™ technology allowed water to drain off the panels rather than collecting on top. Also included in the  “Challenging the Elements” display were our LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia and Lap siding made with our proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process to protect against fungal decay and termites.

Another booth attraction featured our LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing.  The display showed both the one-sided and two-sided fire-rated OSB panels within fully assembled UL listed wall assemblies. Builders could view the complete wall assemblies to gain a better visual understanding of how the product allows you to eliminate a layer of gypsum, potentially saving on both construction time and labor costs.

If you walked by our booth while at the show, you may have assumed we were gearing up for batting practice as we had a full pitching machine on hand. In fact, it was the interactive display for our new LP® ArmorStrand® Substrate featuring Dryvit TAFS®3, an alternative to traditional three-coat stucco that is engineered to deliver a strong foundation with durable acrylic finishes. To show its durability, the pitching machine served baseballs at 40 MPH into the sturdy LP ArmorStrand Substrate.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the LP booth to check out product displays and chat with our team of product experts and sales representatives. We are thrilled to have been part of such a fantastic builders show hosted by the National Association of Home Builders.

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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.