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Washington-Based Remodeler Finds Perfect Combo of Weatherability and Beauty with LP®SmartSide®Trim & Siding

With remodeling season picking up, we know that many remodelers are currently sourcing exterior products that will provide long-lasting beauty and durability for their customers.

We recently spoke with Mike Schwartz, President of Mike Schwartz Construction who used LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding on his own home remodel in Puyallup, WA after having used it on many homes. Rather than hiring an installation crew, he planned to physically install the product on the home himself. He wanted a siding product that would be easy to handle and install.

He had also used fiber cement materials in the past, but he was not satisfied with the quality or aesthetic. “To me it’s a no-brainer. I’m not a big fan of fiber cement. It’s much thinner. When you look down the wall, it has a wavy look,” said Schwartz. “Since I’m actually the one installing the product, I notice these things.”

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The remodel was completed in July of 2017. Schwartz was satisfied with the overall aesthetic of the home, choosing a timeless deep gray on the lap and shake. With the 5/50-year limited warranty, Schwartz has peace of mind that his home will withstand the elements and look great for years to come.

He also noted that the installation process was not difficult. “LP SmartSide siding is sixteen feet where fiber cement is twelve,” says Schwartz. “It just looks better and goes up easier.”

You can read the full case study featuring Mike Schwartz Construction here. Stocking up on products for your busy remodeling season? Find a local dealer who carries LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products near you today.

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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.