There are few building products more versatile than LP® SolidStart® LSL (laminated strand lumber). This engineered wood beam provides a whole-house framing solution and is ideal for virtually every framing application. LP SolidStart LSL can be used for floor beams, door and window headers, garage door headers, roof framing, truss chords, wall framing rim board and stair stringers. Because of the innovative engineering process, LSL offers consistent low moisture content which helps to prevent twisting, warping and shrinking.
As lumber prices continue to rise, LSL is quickly becoming a preferred alternative among builders. With LSL demand increasing, builders are relying on dealers to have the product stocked during the busy season. With four manufacturing locations and a robust distributor network, LP SolidStart LSL is readily available across the US.
For more information on the application versatility, check out our LP SolidStart product literature page. If you’re a dealer looking to increase your current inventory or stock LP SolidStart LSL for the first time, contact your local LP sales representative.
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
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