This “On the Job” segment features Pyatt Builders, a private new-home builder based out of Carmel, IN.
Todd Pyatt, President of Pyatt Builders, acknowledges that his company is very selective about the materials used in the construction of its homes. “We are primarily a production builder,” Todd explains. “We have that consistency throughout our product line, both in terms of the houses and the products that go in them.” Of all the exterior siding options available, Pyatt Builders uses LP® SmartSide® siding exclusively as its hard siding material.
LP SmartSide offers Pyatt Builders a number of advantages over other exterior siding options. First is its durability – it resists fungal decay and termites, and withstands intense heat, cold and impacts. In addition, it is backed by a 50-year limited warranty. Todd cites its workability as another important advantage. “Our crews like the fact that SmartSide engineered wood comes in longer boards, the 16-foot pieces versus the traditional 12-foot siding product. It’s easier to work with and leaves fewer joints. It’s also not as brittle as some of the competition.”
Todd notes that the beauty of LP SmartSide is something that potential customers notice immediately when they visit a Pyatt model home or spec home. “It’s a product that they ask questions about, so we educate them about LP SmartSide siding and why we feel it’s a superior product,” he says.
Pyatt Builders puts the unique profiles of LP SmartSide siding to good use in its communities. By using various combinations of lap siding, cedar shake, board and batten panel, soffit and house siding colors, the builder can give the exterior of each new home its own distinct character. Todd points out a newly constructed home in the Anson subdivision of northeast Indianapolis, where the combination of all three profiles works well together. “You don’t see as many joints in it, the nail heads are concealed, and once you get the caulk and paint on, it’s really a good look,” he says.
Ultimately, LP SmartSide products give Pyatt Builders the ability to create the look of a custom home – and it’s a look that homeowners are loving.
Image courtesy of Pyatt Builders
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It’s a silly name, but a “butt joint” is an application technique where two pieces of material are “butted” up against each other. It is the simplest joint to make, and a butt joint can be either end to end or end to face. Depending on the width of the wall, butt joints will occur where two pieces of lap siding come together, creating a vertical seam. LP® SmartSide® lap siding products are available in 16’ lengths, and can help reduce the amount of seams where a butt joint would normally occur when using shorter pieces.
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