With the rise in popularity of homebuilding TV shows and access to an abundance of exterior products and accessories, homeowners are more aware than ever of their home’s exterior. While style and design are top-of-mind for your clients, efficiency is also on your radar as a builder. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between the two. We talked with building pro Kyle Stumpenhorst about the ways a versatile product suite like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can help achieve a customizable and efficient build.
When looking for the right products for your next build, it’s important to consider your client’s priorities. While durability and efficiency are important to you as a builder, these may not be the first things a homeowner thinks about when updating their exterior. Often when discussing home updates with a client, they will describe their style or color preferences, whether they are interested in farmhouse style siding, a craftsman home exterior style or something more modern.
This is a great opportunity to present them with the LP SmartSide product suite, which is designed with their preferences in mind and to meet your building needs. With a variety of ExpertFinish Trim & Siding colors to choose from and a variety of accessories, you are able to get all you need to create the customized look your clients envision.
“I am able to deliver just about any design idea my client can come up with,” Stumpenhorst said about LP SmartSide products.
Price and durability are other key factors clients consider when deciding on siding. You can offer them one of the most durable siding solutions available with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, which helps ensure lower costs with more efficient installation—a plus for building professionals.
“When it comes to siding, builders want it to perform well in the weather, and during the install they want it to install fast and be easy to work with, and of course they want it to look good,” Stumpenhorst commented.
As a builder you likely take pride in providing your client with a durable and stylish build, but you also want to work efficiently. LP SmartSide Trim & Siding allows you to remain efficient in your work, no matter your clients’ style preferences.
“An installer can cover a lot of ground fast,” Stumpenhorst said regarding the workability of LP SmartSide siding, which comes in 16-foot lengths for easier installation. In fact, LP SmartSide lap siding has been shown to weigh 45% less than fiber cement siding even at longer lengths. In addition to installing in less time than competitor products, LP SmartSide products were shown to produce less waste.
Using a single manufacturer for your build can help streamline the process for you and your client. Stumpenhorst experienced the benefits of the LP SmartSide portfolio when updating a music garage.
“The main reason SmartSide was a great fit was its looks and its inherent durability,” Stumpenhorst said. “By using SmartSide we obtained the look we wanted, which was to help make a large structure look more fitting in a residential environment. At the same time, as the installer, I wanted a product that was efficient to install from both a time and waste factor.”
The LP SmartSide product suite offers a portfolio of solutions, including lap and panel siding, trim, fascia, soffit, shakes and other accessories. With these products, many of which come in texture and color varieties, your client can choose a number of combinations to find just what they’re looking for in one place, and as a builder, you get the benefit of workability and ease of a single manufacturer and the LP SmartSide limited warranty.
Your clients may not often see the bones of their home, so they may not be aware of the benefits that come from your choice of added-value framing and sheathing products. Furthermore, you may be used to discussing exterior options, such as siding and color, with your clients but not as practiced with sharing the features of the other products you choose.Continue Reading
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