Inspiration7 min

The Deciding Factor in Switching Siding: Trusted Durability

Are you a builder or remodeler who is considering the use of a new siding material? Durability is likely a top concern as you evaluate any product line. We invite you to consider the durability of LP® SmartSide® siding, which is treated to the core with LP’s SmartGuard® process. The result is an engineered wood material that resists damage from termites and fungal decay. LP SmartSide strand siding also resists hail and impact damage better than fiber cement and vinyl siding, so it’s able to stand up to harsh weather in any climate. In short, it’s one of the most durable siding solutions available on the market today.

“The durability of SmartSide products is a huge win!” says Sonja Garnett of ABC Roofing Company in Avon, Indiana. “Fiber cement often requires two or three people to carry it because it may break. If a piece breaks in transition, this causes more waste, time and money when your crew has to make a material run or you have to over-order, knowing this may be the case.”

Making an Educated Decision

Many professionals want to see evidence of tested durability before making siding product switches. “For my personal home, I was deciding between LP® SmartSide® Lap Siding and James Hardie® fiber cement,” explains Dennis Shriver, owner of Hearthside Homes based in Kansas City, Missouri. “Ultimately, I decided on LP SmartSide because of the warranty, my familiarity with LP already, the durability, and a video where both products were left in a bucket of water.”

Building industry professionals are also increasingly sharing their positive experiences with LP SmartSide products’ durability and workability through word of mouth and reviews. “Online reviews and referrals persuaded me to have confidence in using LP® SmartSide® siding on the Minneapolis Net Zero Victorian,” says Marc Sloot, senior associate at SALA Architects in Minneapolis. “Also, a visit with installers at the Home and Garden Show helped influence me.”

In addition to durability, many builders and remodelers are impressed by the generous warranty coverage included with LP SmartSide products. “Our customers love that LP SmartSide trim and siding products come with a five-year, 100% labor and replacement feature and 50-year prorated limited warranty on the substrate,” says Christine Hornik of Hornik Construction in Bridgeview, Illinois. “It’s one of the reasons why 80% of our siding installations now utilize LP SmartSide products.”

Work Hard. Work Smart.

For more information on LP SmartSide products and complete warranty information, visit www.LPSmartSide.com or call 1-888-820-0325 (Toll Free). Visit LPCorp.com/BuildSmart to learn more about the LP BuildSmart program.

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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

While many building professionals actively seek out exterior trends at the start of the new year, it’s important to keep on top of trends as we approach the latter half of 2019. Taking a mid-year look at what industry trends have dominated so far and what’s to come will ensure you are delivering your customers timely recommendations when it comes to their home’s aesthetic.

Industry Trends8 min
Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

One of the most vexing problems in home construction is that productivity isn’t rising fast enough – even though there are fabulous productivity tools everywhere you look. Making a process lean and efficient isn’t always the answer, according to John Murphy from the consulting firm FMI. Sometimes a process can be scrapped entirely, which in turn causes productivity to soar. But it can only happen when all the key stakeholders – developers, designers, manufacturers and builders – tear down their respective silos and start collaborating more effectively.

Industry Trends7 min
A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

The on-going shortage of skilled labor in the construction field is forcing manufacturers to find creative ways to deal with it, particularly in product design and training. First, the products themselves need to be intuitive and designed to eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Sub-flooring products offer a good example of how to design for easy installation.