Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
Oriented strand board (OSB) is a performance-rated structural panel engineered for uniformity, strength, versatility and workability. It is utilized internationally in a wide array of applications, including commercial and residential construction and renovation, packaging/crating, furniture and shelving, and do-it-yourself projects. Because it is engineered, OSB can be custom-manufactured to meet specific requirements in thickness, density, panel size, surface texture, strength, and rigidity.
OSB is manufactured from sustainable, fast-growing trees such as aspen poplar, southern yellow pine, mixed hardwoods, and other suitable species. Logs are cut to length, debarked, and processed into precise strands ranging from 3 1/2″ to 6″ (90 to 150 mm) long and approximately 1″ wide (25 mm). The strands are then dried, sorted, mixed with wax and a waterproof exterior-type binder, and formed into large, continuous mats. These mats are oriented in cross-directional layers for increased strength, and are finally pressed at a high temperature and pressure to form panels.
OSB is manufactured worldwide; its abundant supply and easy access ensures economical purchasing and shipping methods. Only trees from sustainable, fast-growing forests or woodlot thinnings are required in the manufacturing process. With a steadily abundant supply of convenient, high-quality raw materials, OSB’s engineered manufacturing process is extremely economical.
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