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LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Installs 22% Faster: Proven Durability in Today’s Changing Market

As a building industry professional, recent market changes have likely impacted the way your business operates. As you adjust to a new normal, seeking out building material companies with proven efficiency and reliability from third-party testing can significantly influence the success of your business.

LP Building Solutions recently conducted third-party product testing, which combined material, labor and equipment data, to deliver measurable, tangible insights. The results prove engineered wood siding’s advantages, including faster installation, long-term durability and economic value.

Faster Installation

When resources are low and every moment on every job counts, working smarter—not harder—is key. Proven by third-party testing, LP SmartSide Lap Siding installs 22% faster than fiber cement lap siding. It’s easy to see how using engineered wood products could help you complete more jobs. In fact, with LP SmartSide siding it’s possible to re-side five homes in the time it takes to re-side four homes with fiber cement products. Additionally, the way LP SmartSide products are made leads to quicker installation, including:

  • LP SmartSide products weigh 39% less than fiber cement, allowing a single installer to carry up to five boards at once.
  • LP SmartSide products come in 16-foot lengths, which allows for up to 33% fewer seams and a cleaner look on the home.

Ultimately, installing lap siding becomes much more efficient when you choose LP SmartSide products.

Smoother Process

Not only do they install faster, LP SmartSide products install much easier than other options. Here’s how they contribute to a smooth installation process:

  • LP SmartSide products are less prone to breakage, making them easier and faster to handle on a jobsite.
  • LP SmartSide products undergo virtually no breakage, bowing, warping, splitting, cupping or knots so you won’t have to sift through a pile to find usable pieces.
  • LP SmartSide products don’t require special installation tools while other alternatives may.
  • LP SmartSide boards can be cut in groups of up to five pieces at a time.

Jobsite Durability

The jobsite brings risks to siding materials during construction, from impact and breakage to general dirt and grime. LP SmartSide products are engineered to withstand breakage when they’re handed up to a crew member, and the product is less prone to accidental damage during handling and installation. Plus, engineered wood’s durability allows it to resist impact and moisture, preserving it from damage and weather during the construction process.

Increased Efficiency

Efficiency and quality have always been important. But now, as a result of our ever-changing economic landscape, they are more vital than ever. With these significant market changes, it’s especially crucial that the products you choose for your builds allow you to be efficient with your time and resources.

That’s why investing in engineered wood products from companies like LP Building Solutions that back up their claims with transparency and credibility can bring you peace of mind. You’ll also be at an advantage when it comes to getting the job done efficiently without sacrificing quality—and ultimately, your clients will be pleased with the end result.

Check out how you can start building with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding.

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Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

January and February typically usher in the season’s coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it’s often the freeze/thaw cycle––cold days followed by quick warm-ups––that can cause significant damage to a home’s siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?

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Best House Sheathing for Cold Climates

With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let’s explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.