LP ArmorStrand Featuring Dryvit TAFS 3 Rates Positive Against Three-Coat Stucco

Visit LP at the 2017 International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL January 10-12 (booth W2900) as the premiere their LP® ArmorStrand™ featuring Dryvit® TAFS® 3 – a substrate and acrylic-finish system. An independent evaluation has attested that this has the potential for improved labor savings, water resistance and durability vs. three-coat stucco. IBACOS conducted the evaluation.

Builder “buy-in”

In Texas and Florida, which are the largest stucco markets in the South, builders are using the LP ArmorStrand system and seeing its benefits. “The quality of the LP ArmorStrand system exceeds that of stucco, for a more marketable home,” said Vance Prestwood, co-owner of Plemmons & Prestwood Custom Construction, L.L.C. in Baldwin, Fla.

The system helps address the labor shortage. “The LP ArmorStrand system eliminates some equipment and laborers and the application was quicker than three-coat stucco. Stucco will be phased out over the next few years and replaced with this type of system,” Prestwood predicted.

Prestwood said his company tried the LP ArmorStrand system because it appeared to be superior to traditional stucco for the following reasons: A decrease in the amount of time to install the product; ease of application; exceptional warranties from LP on the substrate and Dryvit on the finish; and easier to sell than stucco.

“Three-coat stucco can take several weeks for installation, but the LP ArmorStrand system can be installed in just three to four days,” said David Josey, segment manager, Single Family New Construction (SFNC) – Siding, LP Building Products. “The LP ArmorStrand system typically incurs lower material costs and has shorter cure times. This system continues to be introduced in more U.S. markets.”

Ease of installation, foundation of strength

LP® ArmorStrand™ is a smooth, treated engineered wood strand product that comes in 4-feet-by-8-feet, 4-feet-by-9-feet and 4-feet-by-10-feet sizes. It replaces the normal OSB sheathing in the framing package, works and cuts like wood and requires no special tools.

The LP ArmorStrand product is manufactured with LP’s proprietary SmartGuard® process, which provides additional strength to the substrate and helps it resist moisture, fungal decay and termite damage. It is approved – by the APA® – The Engineered Wood Association – for single-wall construction over a code-approved water-resistive barrier.

Beauty and versatility

Dryvit TAFS 3 is applied to the LP ArmorStrand product to achieve the desired aesthetics. TAFS 3 includes joint treatment, primer and a textured, integrally colored acrylic finish. With a virtually unlimited range of textures and color options, TAFS 3 can be customized to meet the homeowner’s taste.

“While many of the textures replicate stucco, special finishes are also available to provide the realistic look of granite, limestone and even brick. This design flexibility allows builders to offer many other high-demand exterior ‘looks’ beyond stucco when using the LP ArmorStrand featuring Dryvit TAFS 3 system,” said Tony Stall, vice president, business development, Dryvit Systems. “Best of all, they all are available from a single source and may be installed by a single subcontractor.”

Dryvit textured acrylic finishes can be created in virtually any color that complements a home using high-performance, UV-resistant pigments specially engineered for particularly bright or intense shades. These finishes are flexible and durable and resist cracking.

Outstanding product warranties

The LP ArmorStrand substrate comes with  a 5-/50-year transferrable limited warranty; see www.lparmorstrand.com for complete warranty details. Dryvit TAFS 3 comes with a 10-year materials limited warranty. Contact Dryvit at 800.556.7752 for more information and complete warranty details.

For more information about LP ArmorStrand featuring Dryvit TAFS 3, call toll-free 888.820.0325 or visit www.lparmorstrand.com.

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About LP Building Products
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit www.lpcorp.com.

About Dryvit Systems Inc.
Dryvit Systems Inc. (www.dryvit.com) is the manufacturer of Outsulation® by Dryvit, the premier Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) in the U.S., as well as Triarch, a line of architectural finishes and coatings for the interior of both commercial and residential projects. Dryvit operates all North American manufacturing facilities to both ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 standards. Dryvit is a member of, and is actively engaged in, many relevant construction-related organizations such as AIA, CSI, AWCI, EIMA, NAHB, USGBC and ABAA. Dryvit works both independently and within those organizations to promote energy-efficient construction methods that create jobs, reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources and reduce the carbon footprint of our nation’s buildings.

Dryvit is headquartered in West Warwick, R.I., and has manufacturing facilities there, as well as in Georgia, Oklahoma, California, Canada and Poland.