Regent Homes, one of the largest builders in the greater Nashville area, was experiencing trouble with fiber cement siding. “We had some problems with the durability of the fiber cement siding we were using, and the manufacturer’s response didn’t help,” said president David McGowan.
Additionally, homeowners in one past development had complained that the painted fiber cement siding looked like vinyl siding.
Regent Homes needed a product that offered proven durability.
Additionally, in keeping with the company’s commitment to traditional neighborhoods, Regent Homes needed a product that would provide the look of real wood.
Lastly, the company wanted a product backed by a strong warranty from a manufacturer with a reputation for delivering on that warranty.
Regent turned to LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding more than a year and a half ago and has been using the brand exclusively ever since. McGowan is pleased with LP’s industry-leading 5/50 Year Limited Warranty, which includes a 5-year replacement labor and material feature. But beyond the warranty, McGowan said he thinks that LP SmartSide siding is a better product than the fiber cement siding he used in the past.
“One of the things that sold me on SmartSide was that our contractors could use standard tools, and they did not need to be so concerned about damaging the product as they were installing it. SmartSide is a very durable product. Our experience with fiber cement was that it’s easily breakable, but SmartSide can take daily job site wear and not show it,” McGowan said. “It also comes in longer lengths, which means less work and fewer seams.”
Regent Homes’ experience working with LP Building Products has been so positive that they’re now using multiple LP products on their homes. As of January 30, 2011, Regent Homes communities include LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing, LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, and LP® SolidStart® LSL & LVL. These products are a part of the Regent Homes EnergySmart program, the builder’s new efficiency, durability and sustainability standard.
“It has been a real pleasure working with the LP professional team. They quickly understood Regent Homes’ mission to produce our EnergySmart homes that would set a new standard for home construction,” McGowan said. “The combination of LP products with additional elements has helped Regent Homes to produce a home that exceeds ENERGY STAR® requirements and helped us exceed industry standard HERS scores. With LP products, Regent Homes is now able to produce a home that enables the customer to qualify for an energy-efficient mortgage.”