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 jobsite.

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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.