Industry Trends8 min

Q & A: Market Trends and the State of the Siding Market

The siding industry is ever-evolving. We recently sat down with Angie Kieta, Market Development Manager at LP Building Solutions, to discuss the latest industry developments.

Q: How has the siding industry changed over the past year?

A: “In terms of the siding industry, sheathing with weather-resistant barriers is gaining popularity. Previously, WRB sheathing was installed primarily on larger, multi-family homes. Now, we are starting to see it being used on single-family homes as builders and homeowners are recognizing the value of a stronger building envelope. With product durability being a primary concern, builders prefer to use products that are impact-resistant and protect against weather and decay, like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products.”

Q: What are the predictions going forward for the next year as far as styles and materials?

A: “We expect to see the builder demand for smooth-texture siding continue to grow, as homeowners are gravitating more towards this aesthetic. The board-and-batten look is also expected to remain popular as builders continue to embrace this style due to homeowners’ growing preferences.”

Q: What are the most popular siding materials or trends currently?

A: “Builders and homeowners are wanting ‘wider’ looks for homes. From interior flooring to exterior siding, the trend is ‘going big.’ With this, there is increased demand for LP SmartSide Vertical Siding, which comes in 16-foot lengths, quickens the installation process and eliminates seams when applied to areas such as gable ends on single-story homes. 

Q: What technology trends are you seeing?

A: “In terms of architectural resources, we are seeing an increased demand from builders for more training and assistance. In response to this need, LP has created Architect’s Corner, which includes comprehensive resources to give builders more design freedom and assistance in taking AIA-accredited CEU courses.”

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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.”