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Creating Distinction and Variety in Tract Housing

Some new-build communities have limited exterior design options, making entire neighborhoods look the same, with little variety in appearance to distinguish one home from its next-door neighbor.

A Renovator’s Perspective: Why LP® SmartSide® Siding Products are Faster to Install

As a busy remodeler, it’s one thing to use LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products because they are durable, lo…

Dos and Don’ts of Installing Alternative-Use Sheds

Traditional sheds offer practical storage for items like tools, garden equipment and out-of-season toys. Today, sheds are becoming an exten…

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 compe…

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Choosing Durable Building Materials for Distinct Coastal Design

As an architect, putting your stamp of approval on building materials that stand the test of time is one of your top priorities. Multifamil…

The Deciding Factor in Switching Siding: Trusted Durability

Are you a builder or remodeler who is considering the use of a new siding material? Durability is likely a top concern as you evaluate any …

Siding Benefits for Builders to Look For

What are the key benefits that both the contractor and the homeowner should be aware of when choosing a siding product? Here are some tips …

Illinois Builder Finds Improved Workability with LP SmartSide

In a recently published case study, LP featured customer Nitti Development and their use of LP® SmartSide® Ce…

LP® FlameBlock® OSB: Perfect Fit For Today's Smaller Homes

According to Metrostudy, the average home size in the nation’s top 15 housing markets has declined over the past two years. The biggest dip…

2x6 Walls Achieve Multiple Goals

In many climates, codes are forcing residential construction to use 2x6 walls and denser insulation such as mineral wool. At the same time,…

Go the Extra Mile with Long-Length Trim

The ongoing labor shortage means building industry professionals must choose the materials they install wisely. High-performance materials …

How Fire-Rated OSB Outperforms FRT Plywood

Both fire-rated OSB and Fire Retardant Treated (FRT) plywood are commonly used in fire-rated wall sheathing and roof deck applications. Bec…

Engineering: The Key to High-Performance Products

It’s difficult to measure the performance characteristics of many traditional building materials like lumber and stone – and they haven’t i…

Tested Extreme: Q&A

In a remote rainforest north of Vancouver, LP product experts and two of the world’s leading kayakers embarked on the ultimate testing miss…

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 ca…

8 UL-listed and Intertek-listed Fire-Rated Walls You Should Know

In today’s building environment, it is key for architects, engineers and specifiers to maximize space while maintaining the cost effectiven…

Hail Storms are No Match for LP® SmartSide® Products

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, 5,411 major hailstorms were reportedin 2015. These storms occurred in all 48 …

Did You Know? LP® SmartSide® Siding Can Be Painted to Suit Any Taste

When it comes to exterior siding options, what influences the choice made by builders and remodelers? For most professionals, it’s a combin…

[VIDEO] LP® SmartSide® House Trim: Tough, Beautiful and in a Class by Itself

Exterior house trim can make or break a home. It can either look beautiful for many years to come, or break down and cause damage around wi…

Why Knots in Traditional Wood Siding are a Nightmare

Softwood species such as cedar, pine, fir and spruce are frequent choices for homes with traditional exterior wood siding and fencing. Ther…

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