Inspiration6 min

What’s That You Say? LP Transforms Soundproofing Construction

If you live in an older home, or a multi-unit facility, you’ve likely experienced the elephant-footed neighbor above you, or the partiers to your left who blast music until the wee hours of the morning.

When it comes to construction, especially in multifamily housing, soundproofing is a much appreciated and treasured quality to the resident. However, it is a luxury you often don’t realize you have until you don’t have it.

Some LP products, such as LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing, carry an impressive Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating as high as 61, while also serving as a code-compliant component of fire-rated wall assemblies. This means that a wall made with LP FlameBlock helps reduce even very loud noise from a neighboring unit from passing through. Likewise, LP® SolidStart® Fire-Rated Floor Assemblies pack impressive Insulation Impact Class (IIC) ratings of up to 60, drastically reducing the sound that passes through flooring.

Today's International Building Code requires multifamily housing to have STC ratings of 50, leaving room for disrupting sound to enter your home. But with LP’s innovation and thoughtful design, LP FlameBlock and LP SolidStart floor assemblies are able to take the ratings up to 11 points higher, offering the sound barrier that is becoming a requested feature in many upscale apartments and condos. LP products can help reduce both the noise from an adjoining apartment and the sound impact from a unit above, leaving you with a quieter home.

For more information on ICC codes and LP SolidStart floor assemblies, visit our technical guide:

For more on the fire-rated value of LP FlameBlock, watch here:

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Industry Trends6 min

Where the Construction Labor Shortage Is Most Severe

According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).

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Industry Trends7 min
A Commitment to Product Availability

It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.

Business Advice10 min
How to Prevent Lap Siding from Buckling by Using a Butt Joint

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.

Industry Trends7 min
Why You Should Rely On Data Rather Than Instinct

For many years, construction pros have relied on experience and gut instinct more than on data, but that’s rapidly changing. Many banks, investment groups and insurance companies now need a construction data analysis to help identify potential risks before okaying a construction deal. And in the field, builders need easy access to actionable information – both at the lot level and company-wide – to help boost quality, control costs and manage trade partners.