Inspiration5 min

Product Testing That Goes The Extra Mile

Just like the stock market, the construction industry hates uncertainty. Architects and builders look for high-performance products they can count on, year after year. And next year, LP Building Solutions will proudly celebrate its 45th anniversary.

Our longevity is due in large part to our commitment to rigorous product testing and credentialing. Here are some examples:

  • Last summer, we tested LP Legacy® engineered sub-flooring at the raging Britannia Falls in Canada, exposing it for a full 24 hours to 625 cubic feet per second of rapid waterfalls. LP Legacy performed brilliantly, showing why it’s one of the strongest rated sub-floors on the market today. Its outstanding moisture resistance allows us to confidently back it with the “Covered Until It’s Covered” no-sand warranty that lasts until the floor is covered, no matter how long the build time.
  • We’ve put LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing through the industry’s toughest tests, including the ones that gave it a 30-minute Class A Flame Spread Rating. We also conducted live burn events in cities across the U.S. to demonstrate its unique combination of flame-spread resistance and burn-through resistance.
  • We asked NASA to test the impact resistance of both LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding and fiber cement siding. LP SmartSide siding absorbed the impact of 77 mph baseballs and 63 mph golf balls without a trace of damage, while fiber cement exhibited holes and dents.

For nearly half a century, we’ve never hesitated to put our products through punishment to ensure that they deliver high performance on the job site.

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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 Realtor.com 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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News & Stories6 min
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.

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.”