Why Does OSB Say This Side Down?

Which side of OSB should you paint?

The nail lines on the screened side are paint but the grade stamp on the smoother side is ink and may be more difficult to cover.

Ask your paint dealer to suggest a sealer as a prime coat.

In that application it would be a good idea to paint both sides and all edges before installing the panels..

How long will OSB last outside if painted?

200 daysFor exterior applications, if you are not painting the OSB directly after installing it, be aware of how long you have before the material begins to be affected by the elements. For example, Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold OSB panels are warranted for 200 days against edge swell caused by water absorption.

Does OSB absorb water?

OSB’s other moisture challenge has to do with dimensional stability – in other words, OSB can irreversibly swell, especially at the edges, when it gets too wet. … It is important to note that OSB is not extremely sensitive to small amounts of water, and it absorbs water slowly. However, it is also slow to dry out.

Why is lumber so expensive 2020?

With inventories low and demand so high, lumber prices increased some 60% over the past six months, compensating for the loss at the start of the year. Adding to the constraints caused by the pandemic, the impact of tariffs on wood from Canadian mills continues to cause elevated prices for American construction firms.

Should OSB be installed vertically or horizontally?

If the height of a wall is less than 8-feet, install the plywood (or OSB) vertically. If the height of a wall is greater then 8-feet, install the plywood (or OSB) horizontally.

Is OSB directional?

OSB stands for Oriented Strand Board and that means the wood strands are laid up so one direction is stronger than the other; the same way plywood is. That means you have the weak direction carrying the loads it is not designed to.

Is it OK for OSB to get rained on?

Your framing lumber and the oriented strand board (OSB) are going to be fine. The glues used to make OSB are water-resistant because the manufacturers know that virtually no one can build a home that won’t get wet before the roof and siding is applied. … The OSB floors should be swept clean each day after work concludes.

Which side of OSB goes down?

OSB roof panels should always be installed with the grade stamp facing into the attic and the screened surface (with the nail guide lines) facing up. When the grade stamp is covered by roofing, the building inspector will not be able to confirm that the correct OSB roofing panel was used.

What are the lines on OSB for?

OSB has its advantages. Some panels have a textured surface, which makes them less slippery when used for roof sheathing. OSB panels often have lines at 16- and 24-in. intervals so you know where underlying studs, rafters and joists are for nailing.