According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, termite infestations impact more than 600,000 homes each year in the United States, causing approximately $5 billion in damage and repairs for homeowners. For a single homeowner, a termite infestation can cost thousands of dollars in damage to a home.
Earlier this year, Builder Magazine published an article that highlighted the top towns for termites, based on research from insect exterminator Terminix. Here are the cities that reported the most cases of termite infestation in 2016:
It’s not surprising that there are higher levels of termite activity in the southern United States. Cities where the weather is damp and humid have a perfect environment for a termite colony.
If you are a homebuilder in one of these termite-prone areas, your business may benefit from building with materials that are engineered to resist termites. Your customers will have peace of mind knowing their home will be less susceptible to termite damage. To help protect your customers’ homes and strengthen your building reputation, consider using LP® SolidGuard® LSL and LP® SmartSide® exterior trim and siding. Both products are engineered and treated to the core with zinc borate to effectively resist damage from termites. Zinc borate is a naturally occurring additive that has been proven to work for decades.
Additional benefits of these products include:
Most re-siding projects are on older homes, so it’s a good bet you’ve seen your share of asbestos siding if you operate in the business of siding renovations. Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was commonly added to cement board siding for durability and resistance to fire and weather during the 1920s to 1980s.Continue Reading
As an architect, putting your stamp of approval on building materials that stand the test of time is one of your top priorities. Multifamily builds when located on the coast, bring their own challenges from the start. With coastal weather conditions, you have unique durability challenges to consider. Coastal weather conditions include increased moisture, heat, humidity, and inclement weather—and your building materials must withstand them all. SAGA Construction, Inc., located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is no stranger to the coast’s weather. When they embarked on a recent multifamily project, Cambridge Cove, SAGA executed a design with building materials that would appeal across demographics (homeowners and vacationers alike) while emphasizing durability. Let’s see how they did it.
On custom homes, builders and developers sometimes avoid value-added building materials for a variety of reasons. They might veto those products if the upfront cost is more expensive than standard materials, when in fact the value-added solutions can often lower the long-term cost of ownership for the buyers. In addition, they might fear that crews aren’t as familiar with the value-added materials, which could add to construction time or impact proper installation.
If you are in the process of selecting the right siding type for your project, it is important to know the differences between the substrates. Engineered wood siding is made by combining treated wood strands and adhesive resins. The resulting product is a compositing material stronger than traditional wood. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products are made with a proprietary process that offers superior protection against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites – delivering Advanced Durability For Longer Lasting Beauty®.