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Termite-Resistant Building Products Can Bring Added Value to Your Business

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:

  1. Mobile, Alabama
  2. San Antonio, Texas
  3. Memphis, Tennessee
  4. Tampa, Florida
  5. Miami, Florida

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:

  • LP® SolidGuard® LSL is manufactured to be straight and more uniform in strength, stiffness and size than traditional lumber. Available in common traditional lumber sizes and in long lengths, LP SolidGuard LSL is made with sustainably harvested aspen and maple hardwoods for greater strength. The product is backed by a 25-year limited warranty against termites and fungal decay. To learn more about LP SolidGuard LSL, click here
  • LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is designed for maximum durability. Special water-resistant waxes and adhesive resins coat each strand of wood, making LP SmartSide products resistant to high humidity, heavy rain, strong winds and extreme heat and cold. The products are backed by a 5/50-year limited warranty. For more information about LP siding products, click here.
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