Industry Trends7 min

Offering Proof of High Performance

Builders don’t want to take chances on unproven materials – and they’re wary of products that bill themselves as “high performance” without offering proof. In this industry, building product proof of performance is something taken seriously.

At LP, we understand that our customers need thorough validation of all product claims done through building product testing. That’s why we put our products through some of the most grueling tests imaginable. Here are some examples of field and lab testing of building products from LP: 

  • LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding has been tested for damage resistance by third parties, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In the NASA impact testing, a golf ball traveling 63 miles per hour and a baseball thrown at 77 miles per hour left no visible damage to the siding. Testing shows that LP SmartSide strand products offer outstanding impact resistance, which means they can stand up better against everything from everyday bumps to airborne storm debris. Learn more about LP SmartSide Trim & Siding.

 

LP believes that when you call a building product “high performance,” you’d better have a mountain of data to prove it.

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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.