OSB

Oriented Strand Board (OSB)

Versatile Panel with Consistent Quality


OSB in residential construction

OSB Basics

Oriented Strand Board is a widely used, versatile structural wood panel. Manufactured from waterproof heat-cured adhesives and rectangularly shaped wood strands that are arranged in cross-oriented layers, OSB is an engineered wood panel that shares many of the strength and performance characteristics of plywood. OSB's combination of wood and adhesives creates a strong, dimensionally stable panel that resists deflection, delamination, and warping; likewise, panels resist racking and shape distortion when subjected to demanding wind and seismic conditions. Relative to their strength, OSB panels are light in weight and easy to handle and install.

OSB is produced in huge, continuous mats to form a solid panel product of consistent quality with no laps, gaps, or voids. Finished panels are available in large dimensions, minimizing the number of joints that can "leak" heat and admit airborne noise.


Common OSB Applications

APA-trademarked OSB is suitable for a variety of end uses including subflooring, single-layer flooring, wall and roof sheathing, sheathing ceiling/deck, structural insulated panels, webs for wood I-joists, industrial containers, mezzanine decks, and furniture.


Panel Performance Categories

5/16, 3/8, 15/32, 1/2, 19/32, 5/8, 23/32, 3/4, 7/8, 1, 1-1/8.


Panel Sizes

4' x 8', 4' x 9', 4' x 10'; manufactured in 8' X 24' or larger panels which can be custom-cut by most manufacturers.


APA OSB TrademarkThe APA Mark of Quality

APA trademarks appear only on products manufactured by APA member mills. The mark signifies that panel quality is subject to verification through APA audit—a procedure designed to assure manufacture in conformance with APA performance standards or the standard shown in the mark.


OSB Publications

 
W410Oriented Strand Board Product Guide

Describes OSB composition, properties, code acceptances, and applications.


F405
Product Guide: Performance Rated Panels

Describes performance standards for structural wood panels and the compositions of different types of APA panels with the Performance Rated designations of APA Rated Sheathing, APA Rated Sturd-I-Floor, and APA Rated Siding. It also describes where Performance Rated panels are used and provides updated trademark and performance category information.


Access a complete list of APA publications about OSB in APA's Resource Library.