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[VIDEO] Shed Builder Spotlight: Woodtex

Of the four product lines built by Woodtex, a manufacturer based in Brentwood, TN, storage sheds are its biggest seller. Woodtex has been building sheds since 1983, when Kent Lapp’s father started the company in a small shop. Today, Woodtex has expanded to include four manufacturing plants in four states. Each shed is built in-house and delivered to the customer, either fully assembled or in modules. Woodtex is committed to delivering on its promise, “We build the space you need for the important things in life.”

‘The Customers are Loving It’

Kent Lapp, CEO of Woodtex, says it has been exciting to see the shed industry hit the news in the last few years. “Man caves are coming out, she-sheds are coming out. People are using them for studios and that type of thing,” explains Lapp. He says with the shift in demand, Woodtex has had to think differently about how they build sheds and pay more attention to shed design. Woodtex has had a partnership with LP for a number of years. The company recently switched to using LP® SmartSide® siding exclusively on its sheds. “This was a big decision for us, with all the logistics that go along with four different plants,” explains Lapp. “SmartSide siding is working very well for us. The price is great, the quality is fantastic and the customers are loving it.”

‘A Big Deal’

One of the biggest draws of LP SmartSide siding for Woodtex is the fact that it's borate-treated for termites, a major selling point for shed owners in the southern United States. Plus, the consistency of engineered wood means Woodtex carpenters don't have to deal with the knots, voids and other fluctuations that are often found in a plywood product. "That's a big deal to us," says Lapp
To connect with Woodtex, find a sales center near you or design your own shed online. Woodtex delivers storage buildings anywhere in the nation. Learn more about products from LP Outdoor Building Solutions® at www.lpcorp.com.
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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

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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.