Industry Trends12 min

The Benefits of Utilizing LP Building Products for Outdoor Structures

The unique features of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products make them ideally suited for use in outdoor structures. These engineered building materials are backed by nearly two decades of performance and offer long-term durability. They also feature industry-leading warranty coverage. What’s not to love?

“We are in a time when most people are looking for easy-maintenance outdoor structures,” explains Anthony Crisi, sales manager at G & B Sheds in Royersford, Pennsylvania. “It’s no shock that customers aim to purchase sheds that they don’t have to repair or repaint on a frequent basis. With LP shed products’ extreme durability and being engineered with the SmartGuard® process, customers can confidently achieve this easy-maintenance goal.”

Benefit #1: Outstanding Performance

Shed walls made from LP SmartSide panels, lap siding and trim offer all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood. But this beauty is more than skin-deep: after more than 20 years and many billion square feet on the market, LP SmartSide siding and trim are widely regarded as a tried-and-true alternative for homeowners who want durable, cost-effective products that stand up to everything from driving rain to termites.

Benefit #2: Long-Term Durability

LP’s treated wood technology features the proprietary SmartGuard process. Wall and flooring products are treated to the core with four components of protection that add strength and help withstand moisture intrusion, impact damage and fungal decay. Intensive testing has shown that LP shed products stand up to extreme weather.

Alan Jumper, Technical Sales Manager for LP Building Products, explains more about how the SmartGuard process helps protect sheds against the natural elements. “The LP SmartGuard process uses an EPA-registered wood preservative, zinc borate, along with MDI resins and hydrophobic waxes to protect the SmartSide siding and trim products from the elements. This keeps fungal decay and termites at bay, so you can enjoy your shed for years to come.”

Benefit #3: Exciting Style Options

A shed doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Ensure your home and your shed complement each other with a wide array of siding choices from the LP SmartSide product line, including LP SmartSide lap siding, cedar texture shake siding, panel & vertical siding, trim & fascia, and soffit panels. “LP sheds have some of the finest siding I have seen in my 20 years in the shed industry,” says Crisi. Use this tool to help you estimate what shed size you need.

Benefit #4: Warranty Coverage

If it is peace of mind you’re searching for, LP has your back with industry-leading limited warranties on its outdoor building products. See complete warranty details on all LP® Outdoor Building Solution® products.

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High-quality engineered building materials from LP offer strength, durability and consistency, and are backed by customer service you can count on. To purchase a shed built from these innovative products, find a shed dealer near you.

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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by Realtor.com found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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News & Stories6 min
The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

Business Advice6 min
Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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.