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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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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by Realtor.com found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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News & Stories6 min
The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

Business Advice6 min
Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.