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LP® SmartSide® Siding Celebrates 20 Years of Outstanding Performance

As one of the leading manufacturers of shed building materials, LP Outdoor Building Solutions is proud to feature LP® SmartSide® engineered wood products in our lineup of quality materials. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the LP® SmartSide® brand, and we couldn’t be more excited!

20 Years of Success

LP® SmartSide® siding is an innovative engineered wood siding product and one of the fastest-growing brands in the U.S. From sheds to single-family houses to commercial buildings, it provides beautiful curb appeal and easy maintenance wherever it is installed. Since 1997, LP SmartSide siding has been the go-to choice for shed dealers who want to build better outdoor structures. “Shed builders and homeowners love LP SmartSide siding. It looks beautiful and it’s incredibly durable,” said Parry Grimm, Segment Marketing Associate for LP Outdoor Building Solutions. “When you’re installing siding on an outdoor storage building, durability is usually the #1 concern. The SmartGuard® process makes LP materials resistant to termite damage and fungal decay.” LP is marking the 20-year milestone of LP SmartSide siding with events at its headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., and at its six siding mills located in the United States and Canada.

Engineered to Perform

Shed walls made with LP® SmartSide® panels, trim and lap siding offer all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood, along with outstanding durability. In addition to resisting termites, LP SmartSide panels also resist dents, face splitting and cracking. In short, it’s an ideal solution when you want a shed building that can stand up to outdoor wear and tear. Learn more about products from LP Outdoor Building Solutions at www.LPShed.com. To learn more about using LP products in your business, schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative by calling (888) 820-0325.
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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

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.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

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.

Industry Trends8 min
Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

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.

Industry Trends7 min
A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

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.