Product Trends & Technology

Check out these websites.* New products can shape new directions in the building industry.

Prestique® Cool Color shingles by GAF-Elk Timberline®

GAF-Elk’s Cool Color Series shingles are manufactured to reflect sunlight and the manufacturer claims this can reduce attic heat buildup.
www.gaf.com

Squak Mountain Stone™ Countertops by Tiger Mountain Innovations LLC

Squak Mountain Stone™ countertops provide the look of concrete or the appearance of limestone or slate, the manufacturer says, but they are made from low-carbon cement, and post-consumer and post-industrial recycled paper and recycled glass. The product comes in five colors.
www.squakmountainstone.com

Surfaces App for the iPhone® by Surfaces, Inc.

Surfaces App puts 400 SKUs along with photos, installation images, and technical specs at a contractor’s fingertips, the manufacturer claims. Users can also place requests for samples or orders from their iPhone, making selecting and specifying easier.
www.surfaces.net

* This information and the websites identified above are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. They are not intended to state or imply that LP sponsors, endorses or is affiliated or associated with the companies or products listed.
Continue Reading
Industry Trends5 min

Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

Big builder market share has doubled in the last 25 years and now represents about 50 percent of housing starts nationwide – and even 75 percent in some major metro areas. These mega-builders have huge budgets for both land development and marketing. It’s increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized builders to compete, but LP is committed to helping them prosper.

Continue Reading
Maintenance5 min
Turn Your Tax Refund Into Lasting Home Improvement

GoBankRates.com estimates that the average tax refund this year will total about $3,000. In a survey conducted by that organization, 10 percent of respondents said they plan to splurge on a vacation or luxury item when the refund arrives. But 9 percent plan to use that money for a “major purchase.”

Leading the Way in Supply Chain Innovation

To better serve its customers in areas of order accuracy and delivery predictability, LP has set some of the industry’s most aspirational supply chain goals. Senior leaders meet regularly with experts at Gartner, arguably the nation’s best consulting firm in the realm of supply chain optimization. The aim is to apply best practices in procurement, logistics and working capital across more than $1 billion of addressable spend.

Maintenance4 min
Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.