With the economic outlook rosy and on the heels of record-breaking natural disasters that have prompted increased demand in cities such as Houston, it’s an understatement to say that the U.S. construction industry is swamped with work. Total U.S. construction starts are forecasted to hit $765 billion in 2018, up another three percent year-over-year. Yet it’s hard for contractors to enjoy the boom when they are constantly faced with worries about staffing.
In a 2017 survey, the National Association of Home Builders found more than 80 percent of builders considered the cost and availability of skilled labor their #1 challenge. By contrast, in 2011, only 13 percent named labor costs as their biggest concern. With this challenge continuing far into the foreseeable future, our industry must do all it can to prepare the next generation of builders.
You have a business to run and that means making the most of the workers you have – while keeping an eye out for those willing to enter the industry. According to research conducted by trade association FWCI, here are some vital ways to attract and retain today’s youth.
Working together, we can alleviate the skilled labor shortage by inspiring young people to make construction their career path. To learn more about how LP can help your business succeed, call our Customer Care Center at (888) 820-0325 to schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative.
In the building business, in-person communication has always been a vital component in talking to potential clients in a personable, efficient way. With social distancing disrupting common business practices, like in-person meetings, building professionals have had to pivot plans to adjust to the current landscape while maintaining a steady stream of business.Continue Reading
Homeowners have been enjoying the attractive curb appeal and longer-lasting beauty offered by LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products for decades. This year, we were excited to offer something new for homeowners to look forward to—LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding.
As a homeowner, your job isn’t done after your siding has been installed. Ongoing siding maintenance is necessary to ensure you keep your home protected while keeping its appearance intact. Need a little guidance on engineered wood siding maintenance in particular? While LP® SmartSide® siding is an easy maintenance product, here are helpful tips you should know on regular upkeep to ensure it stays looking newer for longer:
LP® Structural Solutions products help you build better and stronger. To make our high-performance products even easier to install, here are a few Structural Solutions installation tips from pro contractors Jordan Smith of @jordansmithbuilds and Kyle Stumpenhorst of @rrbuildings: