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The LP® SmartSide® Online Training Program: Upping Efficiency to Help Eliminate Call-Backs

It goes without saying that more training helps prepare installers by giving them the information they need to install siding correctly. This reduces the likelihood of installation errors and potential call-backs, two significant factors that negatively affect a contractor’s efficiency and reputation.

That’s exactly why LP created the LP® SmartSide® Online Training Program. Here’s more about the elements of this program and how it prepares builders.  

Online Training Any Day, Any Time

The LP SmartSide Online Training Program is available at any time of the day or week, so it’s convenient for a busy contractor to use. The information from the video-based training is easy to understand, with the goal of helping contractors to improve the work quality of their crews.

Lance Olson, Senior Technical Manager for LP Building Products, notes that this program is an important supplement to the installation instructions included with LP products. “LP SmartSide products are easy to install, but installation procedures are not a ‘one size fits all’ for all siding products,” says Olson. “The online training tools augment the LP SmartSide installation instructions, so contractors and their installation crews are well-prepared with the information they need to install LP SmartSide products correctly. This delights homeowners and frees contractors from the distractions created by siding installation issues.”

Tools to Help You Succeed

LP is committed to its customers and continues to innovate new products and applications to improve efficiency and eliminate future problems. If you are a member of the LP® BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program, please take full advantage of our training and other resources by periodically checking our website and your inbox for updates to our training resources, technical notes, technical bulletins, installation instructions and training events. If you are not a member, we invite you to learn more about the LP BuildSmart Preferred Contractor Program.

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

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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.”