Inspiration3 min

LP Introduces the New FlameBlock® I-Joist

As the global leader of engineered wood products, we’re thrilled to be expanding our product line with the new LP FlameBlock® I-Joist. This product combines the strength of an LP SolidStart I-Joist with LP FlameBlock’s proven, patented, non-combustible Pyrotite® coating to slow the effects of heat and flame.

The LP FlameBlock I-Joist is designed to help builders find a new innovative solution for the latest “Fire Protection of Floors” section of the 2012 IRC (R501.3) while at the same time achieving the level of performance that builders and homeowners have come to expect from LP.

In addition to code-compliant fire protection, the FlameBlock I-Joist features easy installation and many product advantages. The joist features 2-1/2” wide flanges for easier handling and more nailing/glue surface, and its uniform properties allow the joist to be installed with either flange up. Holes can be cut in the web for HVAC and plumbing using standard installation instructions, and no additional treatment is required of the cut areas. The thicker web makes floors feel firmer and the joist fits commonly available hangers.

LP FlameBlock I-Joists are backed by the LP SolidStart lifetime limited warranty. For full warranty details, visit LPCorp.com or call 1-888-820-0325.

Please check with an LP SolidStart distributor in your area for availability!

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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.