News & Stories2 min

LP Ensures Dealers Are Stocked with LP® SolidStart® LSL

There are few building products more versatile than LP® SolidStart® LSL (laminated strand lumber). This engineered wood beam provides a whole-house framing solution and is ideal for virtually every framing application. LP SolidStart LSL can be used for floor beams, door and window headers, garage door headers, roof framing, truss chords, wall framing rim board and stair stringers. Because of the innovative engineering process, LSL offers consistent low moisture content which helps to prevent twisting, warping and shrinking.

As lumber prices continue to rise, LSL is quickly becoming a preferred alternative among builders. With LSL demand increasing, builders are relying on dealers to have the product stocked during the busy season.  With four manufacturing locations and a robust distributor network, LP SolidStart LSL is readily available across the US.

For more information on the application versatility, check out our LP SolidStart product literature page. If you’re a dealer looking to increase your current inventory or stock LP SolidStart LSL for the first time, contact your local LP sales representative.

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Business Advice6 min

Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

Inspiration6 min
Budget-Friendly Architectural Styles for Modern Multifamily Builds

Masterfully achieving modern architectural styles in multifamily designs takes expertise and patience, especially when a tight budget competes with other design goals like staying on top of trends, addressing resident preferences, and seamlessly incorporating a desired look into a community. Dominic Rigosu of RIDA Architecture, PLLC, balanced all of these factors in a recent project. He designed Woodrow Wilson Townhomes, a 100-unit affordable housing development originally built in 1972 in Amsterdam, New York. It was surrounded by a mix of market-rate, well-maintained, single-family homes.