We know that LP® SmartSide® customers take abundant pride in their work—as they should! One LP customer, Wisconsin homebuilder Chris Cook, has a passion for high quality homes with unique designs that are full of character and style. Chris uses LP SmartSide products on nearly all of the homes he builds.
Back in 2007, Chris was introduced to LP SmartSide Trim & Siding by a colleague and was especially impressed with the products when he toured an LP SmartSide manufacturing plant. In 2009, he started using the products on craftsman style homes. Although the market was in a rough spot, his new LP SmartSide homes were selling extremely well. Clients loved the look of his homes, so he decided to introduce a standard specification that all homes with siding needed to have LP SmartSide products.
Beyond craftsman and bungalow style homes, Chris has recently been building classic colonial homes inspired by traditional New England architectural styles. He will often add a bright red barnwood style garage attachment. "They're true showstoppers," says Chris. "We've done some really interesting homes that you couldn't create with fiber cement and certainly couldn't create with vinyl. LP SmartSide products made it possible."
To see more of Chris Cook’s timeless homes, check out his website: https://www.chriscookhomes.com
To see our full line of LP SmartSide products, go to: http://lpcorp.com/products/siding/lp-smartside-trim-siding/
January and February typically usher in the season's coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it's often the freeze/thaw cycle--cold days followed by quick warm-ups--that can cause significant damage to a home's siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?Continue Reading
With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let's explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.
With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.
It's a new year-and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it's the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you're just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.