News & Stories6 min

Media Spotlight on An LP BuildSmart® Pro

Brent Taylor, owner of the O.C. Taylor remodeling company in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently had a starring role on the Lifetime Channel’s popular home improvement show Designing Spaces.

The program detailed how Brent successfully re-sided a 108-year-old home in Wilmington, North Carolina with LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding. The original siding was peeling in many places and showed signs of rot. Brent’s customers were looking for a siding replacement that was durable enough to withstand Wilmington’s strong coastal storms yet match the charm of the original traditional wood siding.

The perfect replacement choice was LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding – and you can see Brent’s story on the Designing Spaces website.

Brent is a Master-Level member of the LP BuildSmart® Preferred Contractor Program, which provides him with LP product training, maximum cash rebates, co-marketing support, exclusive lead generation and much more. As a remodeler loyalty program, the LP BuildSmart program rewards those members that work hard. LP SmartSide re-side product purchases can be turned into LP BuildSmart points redeemable for tools, sales and estimating services and co-branded marketing support. 

“With its quality leads and great training, the LP BuildSmart program has really taken my business to the next level,” says Taylor. “It really helps me save money on installation costs and marketing materials.” 

LP BuildSmart members at every level – Pro, Expert and Master – are eligible to be listed in the LP SmartSide online contractor locator where homeowners can directly request a re-siding quote. They’re also eligible for an LP SmartSide-branded website where they can market their services, upload job photos and post customer reviews.

The lead generation capabilities help you identify and vet new customers. Earlier this year, LP rolled out a new LP BuildSmart app that helps members manage this from their phone when on the go or on the jobsite.

You may not get featured on Designing Spaces, but the LP BuildSmart program can benefit your business immediately. Apply for membership today and start enjoying the program’s many rewards.

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Business Advice4 min

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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Business Advice4 min
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.

Business Advice5 min
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.

Business Advice4 min
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.