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Product Testing That Goes The Extra Mile

Just like the stock market, the construction industry hates uncertainty. Architects and builders look for high-performance products they can count on, year after year. And next year, LP Building Solutions will proudly celebrate its 45th anniversary.

Our longevity is due in large part to our commitment to rigorous product testing and credentialing. Here are some examples:

  • Last summer, we tested LP Legacy® engineered sub-flooring at the raging Britannia Falls in Canada, exposing it for a full 24 hours to 625 cubic feet per second of rapid waterfalls. LP Legacy performed brilliantly, showing why it’s one of the strongest rated sub-floors on the market today. Its outstanding moisture resistance allows us to confidently back it with the “Covered Until It’s Covered” no-sand warranty that lasts until the floor is covered, no matter how long the build time.
  • We’ve put LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing through the industry’s toughest tests, including the ones that gave it a 30-minute Class A Flame Spread Rating. We also conducted live burn events in cities across the U.S. to demonstrate its unique combination of flame-spread resistance and burn-through resistance.
  • We asked NASA to test the impact resistance of both LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding and fiber cement siding. LP SmartSide siding absorbed the impact of 77 mph baseballs and 63 mph golf balls without a trace of damage, while fiber cement exhibited holes and dents.

For nearly half a century, we’ve never hesitated to put our products through punishment to ensure that they deliver high performance on the job site.

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Business Advice4 min

Crushing the Top Rumors About Engineered Wood

LP Building Solutions uses engineered wood to create a portfolio of products that help professionals build smarter, better and faster. The innovations of engineered wood siding are relatively new. For instance, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding was introduced in 1997. Thanks to its advanced manufacturing process, it is one of the most durable siding solutions available. Sometimes people are skeptical of things that are really that good. So, let’s crush a few myths with engineered wood facts.

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Business Advice4 min
Building Pier and Beam Foundation to Ease Maintenance and Repairability

Pier and beam design was among the most popular foundation techniques until the 1960s when concrete technology improved its floating slab system. Many builders use slab-on-grade construction—especially in warmer regions. We’re going to find out why professionals Jordan Smith of @jordansmithbuilds and Kyle Stumpenhorst of @rrbuildings chose pier and beam over slab-on-grade for the All-in-LP Build in Bellville, Texas. But first, let’s delve into pier and beam foundation.

Business Advice4 min
Embracing the Balance Between Resilient Design and Building Codes

From destructive hurricanes to fierce tornadoes, it seems news of catastrophic events is happening with alarming frequency. In fact, on March 3, 2020, an EF3 tornado tracked less than one mile from the LP Building Solutions headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, ripping through homes and businesses. While no traditional building can withstand the tremendous forces of disastrous weather events, it reminds us that embracing resilient construction and adopting stronger building codes could help protect our families, friends and neighbors.

News & Stories3 min
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.