OSB: Good, beautiful... And sustainable!

María Eugenia Velásquez

March 16, 2022
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Today I am going to tell you why you should consider using OSB in your home. So simple, without further ado, let's get to the point.

What is OSB?

OSB stands for Oriented Strand Board, which translates to Oriented Strand Board. As the name implies, this board is composed of several layers of wood shavings that are agglomerated and compacted. They are usually made of pine or spruce.

Although at first glance it may appear that the shavings are placed randomly, this is not the case. Each layer of shavings alternates direction to give the board more stability and strength.

OSB is a very versatile board with very interesting features at a very competitive price:

- Good dimensional stability

- High strength and load-bearing capacity

- No knots, gaps or other weak points

- Good acoustic and thermal insulation

- Ease of working

- Fire resistance similar to that of solid wood

- Durability against fungi and insects

- More environmentally friendly

Structural uses of OSB

OSB was developed in the late 1970s and was created precisely for structural use. Since then, it has been a very popular material in construction, quickly gaining market share over Plywood.

OSB panels are mainly used for cladding wooden house frames, flooring, for the production of double T-beams, for the cladding of metal staircases, eaves cladding, flooring, cladding ceilings, construction of internal partitions, and for covering walls and partition walls after special treatment.

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Decorative uses of OSB

The use of OSB for decorative elements is really a surprise, because as I said before, this board was created specifically for structural use and therefore it was thought that its "unrefined" appearance was not so important.

It is precisely this appearance that has turned OSB into a trendy decorative material. It is being used in decorative projects of different types, from industrial aesthetics to a more contemporary style, and its price makes it accessible to all budgets.

Here are some inspirational photos that I thought were great for the creative use of this material (No, they are not our projects, I found them on Pinterest, but this and much more can be done at home).

OSB as a sustainable alternative

This is one of the things that made us fall head over heels in love with OSB and why I hope you will choose this material. Wood itself is already one of the most sustainable building materials out there, but OSB takes the cake.

Get this: no trees need to be felled to make OSB 😍. That's right, the chips are taken from thin logs that are usually discarded, thus reducing waste and making the most of every tree.

And with this idea, I close my article to convince you to use OSB.

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