Inspiration5 min

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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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

While many building professionals actively seek out exterior trends at the start of the new year, it’s important to keep on top of trends as we approach the latter half of 2019. Taking a mid-year look at what industry trends have dominated so far and what’s to come will ensure you are delivering your customers timely recommendations when it comes to their home’s aesthetic.

Industry Trends8 min
Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

One of the most vexing problems in home construction is that productivity isn’t rising fast enough – even though there are fabulous productivity tools everywhere you look. Making a process lean and efficient isn’t always the answer, according to John Murphy from the consulting firm FMI. Sometimes a process can be scrapped entirely, which in turn causes productivity to soar. But it can only happen when all the key stakeholders – developers, designers, manufacturers and builders – tear down their respective silos and start collaborating more effectively.

Industry Trends7 min
A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

The on-going shortage of skilled labor in the construction field is forcing manufacturers to find creative ways to deal with it, particularly in product design and training. First, the products themselves need to be intuitive and designed to eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Sub-flooring products offer a good example of how to design for easy installation.