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LP House Part 1: Kyle Stumpenhorst and Jordan Smith team up to build LP House from the ground up

Last month, contractors Kyle Stumpenhorst of @rrbuildings and Jordan Smith of @jordansmithbuilds teamed up to build a modern farmhouse in Bellville, TX comprised of every residential building material LP has to offer.  While Kyle and Jordan have both worked with a variation of LP Structural Solutions and LP® SmartSide® products, this was the first time they were able to work with the full LP Portfolio.

The build kicked off with a week-long shoot at the LP House where Kyle and Jordan installed products in the structural solutions portfolio including: LP SolidStart® LVL, LP® SolidStart® LSL, LP® SolidStart® I-Joists, LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier and LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring.

Having worked with LP SolidStart products before, Jordan says, "LP SolidStart is just what the name says- SOLID. With this premium product, you can build walls that are perfectly straight and that you know will stand the test of time."

Kyle was particularly impressed with LP TechShield Radiant Barrier and LP Legacy Premium Sub-Flooring. He says, "LP TechShield installs just like any other roof decking, but with added value in the radiant barrier and no extra steps. LP Legacy adds value with its strength and water resistance. So, if it happens to rain heavy on the jobsite (like it did for us), you can have the confidence that Legacy is tough enough to withstand the moisture."

Kyle and Jordan were both excited to work with LP’s newest product - LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier. They not only found the product easier to install than house wrap and durable on the jobsite, they were able to learn #LPQuickTips during the installation process. For instance, they learned that you have 24 hours to replace the tape if you don’t like it and that the squeegee leaves white marks on the tape to let you know you pressed hard enough for it to properly adhere.   

Of particular value, Kyle and Jordan were able to truly understand and experience the power of the portfolio of LP structural products working together to #DefendYourBuild. Being from one reputable manufacturer, Jordan says, "The products combine to create a superior build, while offering a rebate when bundled."

For more details, tips and installation steps on the first phase of construction, check out @lp_pros. Footage from the build was also featured at LP’s booth at the International Builders Show (IBS)- C3810. Find out how the second phase of construction went with our next blog, LP House Part 2, focused on the newest product in the LP SmartSide portfolio - LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, or learn more about the value of working with the full LP portfolio in LP House Part 3.

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Business Advice4 min

Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

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?

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Best House Sheathing for Cold Climates

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.

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

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.

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.