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LP® SmartSide® Builder Spotlight: Dustin McLoud, Highland Builders

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LP® SmartSide® Builder Spotlight: Dustin McLoud, Highland Builders

In case you missed it, we’re highlighting the recent winners of the “Show Us Your LP® SmartSide®” Contest, which asked industry professionals to submit photos of their finest builds featuring LP® SmartSide® products. Out of hundreds of submissions, the team narrowed it down to the top three winners based on installation technique, uniqueness and overall aesthetic. This week, we learn more about contest runner-up Dustin McLoud of Highland Builders.


McLoud’s winning project features LP® SmartSide® Vertical Board and Batten Siding, LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding, LP® SmartSide® Soffit and LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia.


Friendships Through Business

For McLoud, it’s all in the family. His father started Highland Builders in the mid ‘80s in the Rochester, New York area, where he and his brother spent their teenage years immersing themselves in the industry. What started as a masonry business transformed into an all-inclusive building operation offering remodels, additions and custom homes for primarily residential construction. Fast forward to today, McLoud is now the proud owner of the family business with more than 25 years of experience.


“Our business model is ‘building friendship through business,’” McLoud says. “We ensure our customers understand the process so we build a firm foundation of trust. What drives us, above all, is providing top-notch quality of craftsmanship and materials with a deep care for our customers and their homes.”


The “Joanna Gaines” Effect

When it comes to exterior home trends, McLoud mentions the undeniable “Joanna Gaines” effect. More and more, his customers are requesting Gaines’ farmhouse chic signature look featuring a whitewashed, simplistic design. McLoud’s winning “Show Us Your LP® SmartSide®” Contest entry is a prime example.


McLoud accomplished the farmhouse chic look on this 3,700-square-foot custom home build exclusively through LP SmartSide products, including LP® SmartSide® Vertical Board and Batten Siding, LP® SmartSide® Panel Siding, LP® SmartSide® Soffit and LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia, noting it offers a durable option to achieve the shiplap look.


Industry-Leading Limited Warranty

McLoud was initially drawn to LP SmartSide products because of its authentic look, ease of installation and industry-leading limited warranty—a 5-year, 100% labor and material replacement with a 50-year prorated warranty. He says, “It’s impressive to find a 50-year limited warranty in the building industry. That means LP is confident in its product, which in turn makes me confident using them in my business.”


Because of the triple threat of its appearance, ease of installation and limited warranty, McLoud uses LP SmartSide products exclusively on new builds. He concludes, “With engineered wood products like LP SmartSide, we now have an option that offers a traditional wood appearance that’s engineered to last.”


Check Back For More

Did you miss our profile of the “Show Us Your LP® SmartSide®“ first place winner? Check it out here, and stay tuned to learn more about the third place winner in the coming weeks.

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