Figure 1: OSB in residential construction

Residential Construction

In today's market, builders, and designers don't need surprises from a structural panel. They need performance. Oriented strand board is engineered for superior construction strength, stiffness, and workability that make your project a structural success. Plus, OSB offers something more: economy and value. Competitive pricing and a high tech manufacturing process that eliminates panel imperfections mean less waste, fewer call-backs, and improved profitability.

When it comes to new construction projects, OSB's versatility makes it easy to work with in a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Wall sheathing - excellent strength and racking performance under all types of exterior cladding.
  • Roof sheathing - uniformly sound and extra rigid to handle snow and wind loads.
  • Subfloors - strong, rigid and impact-resistant for underlayment, carpet or tiles.
  • Single-layer floors - Use OSB directly under carpet, lightweight concrete or hardwood.
  • Underlayment - uniformly thin yet strong and finely sanded, OSB provides a smooth and uniform base for vinyl or tile.
  • Structural insulated panels - OSB foam-core panels offer high strength, R-value, and easy installation.
  • I-joists - a high quality support system that minimizes deflection, provides for long spans and minimizes floor squeaking.
  • Rimboards - an engineered product to carry building wind and seismic loads to the foundation.

Because it's engineered, OSB can be custom manufactured to meet specific requirements in thickness, density, panel size, surface texture, strength and rigidity. Common panel thicknesses include 1/4" to 1-1/8" - so it doesn't limit your designs.