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LP Introduces Updated BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program

LP Building Solutions, a leader in high-performance products such as exterior siding and trim, has announced the introduction of the updated LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program. BuildSmart is a value-packed training and loyalty program that helps remodeling contractors become more knowledgeable about alternatives to wood, vinyl and fiber cement siding.

The LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program begins by educating contractors about how to provide quality installation of LP® SmartSide® products, and offers tools to help them grow their business along the way. As contractors move through each level of training, they gain access to selling tools, advertising and signage, and powerful lead generation programs to bolster their jobs pipeline.

Key features of the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program include:

  • Three member levels (Pro, Expert and Master) with cash rebates and specialized marketing support to generate leads.
  • A robust training program, both online and hands-on, to learn about LP SmartSide products and discover valuable tips to efficiently install them.
  • Rewards in the form of job site tools, promotional items, branded apparel, marketing support and other tools that contractors have requested.
  • Customized LP BuildSmart Dashboard with web access to submit invoices, sign up for training, redeem rewards and more.
  • Online directories to drive traffic to all LP BuildSmart contractors.
  • Optional website support to create a personalized LP BuildSmart website, publish reviews and articles, manage social engagement, promote specials and more.
  • Achievement badges that appear on the LP BuildSmart website and directory search results to convey experience and inspire confidence.

“For LP, the focus is on training and contractor support,” said Michelle Forchetti, Associate Siding Segment Manager. “We have found that proper installation is key and we want to make sure the product is installed properly by the remodeler or the siding contractor,” Forchetti says. “We want to make them comfortable installing our product, and provide an improved lead generation system and incentives.”

For more information about LP and LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products, visit or call (888) 820-0325. If you are a professional who would like more information about the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program, visit or call (866) 389-4657.

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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

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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.”