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Business Advice4 min

Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

“For cutting LP® SmartSide® siding, all you need is a circular saw with a blade for OSB or plywood,” says Oscar Trejo, an LP field technician in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Trejo uses a cordless Hitachi circular saw, but he says that there are many other great brands. Most installers prefer cordless saws because there’s seldom electric power on the job site.

“Almost any saw will do because LP SmartSide siding cuts and handles just like ordinary wood,” says Gordon Jacobsen from Karp Associates, the Connecticut company overseeing the renovation of the 2019 Idea House by the team at This Old House.

“I can cut five pieces of LP SmartSide siding at once with a Skilsaw, while cutting that much fiber cement would cause breakage,” says JB Homebuilding’s Eduilho DaSilva, Jr., who manages the trim and siding crews on the Idea House.

Cordless circular saws continue to get lighter and more sophisticated every year, but even the most basic models have no trouble cutting engineered wood siding with ease.

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Business Advice4 min

Predictions for 2020 from LP Execs

The homebuilding industry is always changing, thanks to housing trends, shifts in buyer preferences, new technologies and even finance options. We recently sat down with Brad Southern, CEO of LP Building Solutions, and Mike Sims, LP’s SVP of Marketing and Business Development, to discuss the latest industry developments.

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Industry Trends3 min
Why Key Strategies for Reducing Labor Time May Be Backfiring

Many construction companies and remodelers have been sorely challenged by the shortage of skilled laborers. As more companies struggle to find good workers and juggle projects, many are thirsty for strategies that promise to trim time.

Business Advice4 min
Why Remodelers Should Switch to LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding

Are you considering switching to LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding? Many remodelers and installers are anxious about switching to a new product—even when they know, in their gut, that it’s the right move. If you’re worried about change, here are four questions to ask yourself: What are the advantages of the product? How quickly can I get my team trained? How will the change benefit my company and reputation? What is the availability of the products?

Outdoor Living3 min
Shed Builder Spotlight: Lapp Structures

Since its start in 1987, Lapp Structures has transitioned from producing standard sheds to making aspirational builds a core element of its business. Coining the term DreamSpaces™, Lapp Structures helps customers create unique shed builds where they can explore their hobbies without sacrificing the comfort of home. Due to its unmatched consistency, proprietary technology and extreme durability, Lapp Structures names LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® a key component to its success.