Construction Basics — Wall Systems

wall systemsBuilders can choose from a variety of wall sheathing products that range in cost, strength, insulation value, and ease of installation. Of the options available, plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) are the strongest and most durable. These wood structural panels add shear and racking strength – important characteristics that are engineered to help a structure withstand the forces of high winds and earthquakes. Wood-sheathed walls are also easy to build and easy to insulate for high R values.


The following publications provide detailed information on Wall Systems.

Wall Bracing and Shear Walls

Wind Pressures