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 derived additive that has been proven to work for decades.
Additional benefits of these products include:
January and February typically usher in the season’s coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it’s often the freeze/thaw cycle––cold days followed by quick warm-ups––that can cause significant damage to a home’s siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?Continue Reading
With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let’s explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.
With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.
Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.