Preparing for the Rainy Season on the Job Site

Springtime is right around the corner, which means there will likely be more rainy days on the construction site. You may be familiar with materials that carry the Exposure 1 rating, but what exactly does this rating mean and why is it important during times of rainfall?

As explained by the APA Engineered Wood Association, the Exposure 1 rating refers to the “glue bond durability of a wood structural panel.” While Exposure 1 rated panels are not intended to be exposed to moisture for long periods of time, they can withstand exposure to moisture during normal construction delays.

LP offers many products that carry the Exposure 1 rating, including LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing, LP LongLength™ and LongLength XL™ OSB Sheathing.

In addition to our Exposure 1 rated OSB sheathing products, our LP TopNotch® OSB sub-flooring is great for combating rainfall during the springtime.  Its unique RainChannel™ notch system helps drain rainwater away during construction. Plus, a moisture-resistant edge sealant is applied to all LP TopNotch products.

Don’t let the rainy season affect your product performance. Plan ahead and make sure your building materials are equipped to take on the added moisture this spring.

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Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Where the Construction Labor Shortage Is Most Severe

According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).

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Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

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A Commitment to Product Availability

It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.