Build homes to withstand high winds.
Meet hurricane wind codes, reduce or eliminate the metal hardware expense, the hassle of cutting blocking for horizontal joints and all the labor related to them. That easily translates into savings of up to $1,000 or more per house in construction material, labor and waste. There are a lot of high wind events all across the country, not just along the coasts, and Windstorm offers significant benefits and advantages in all areas. The power of uplift and shear forces are not restricted to hurricane areas.
Why use Windstorm Wall Sheathing?
The method Windstorm utilizes has been in the building codes as far back as the SSTD 10-99 and is in the most recent codes in effect today. Windstorm:
- Reduces or eliminates metal hardware and blocking material
- Provides the continuous load path with a design professional’s fastener schedule
- Reduces labor and construction time because there is less handling, cutting and faster installation
- Reduces waste because there is less cutting and less chance of errors
- Cuts air leakage (up to 60% less compared to using 4x8s)
- There are no horizontal joints mid wall or at the top plates
- All joints are on framing members
- Provides full open wall cavities that allows for better insulation
- Eliminates the gable end hinge point when Windstorm extends beyond the bottom chord
Windstorm lengths are available from 97 1/8″ up to 145 1/8″ in 7/16 and 15/32 thickness categories. More information is available in the installation section. Panels are sized for spacing.
Windstorm – The Perfect Wall sheathing Partner for Raised Heel Trusses.
- Testing was completed using Windstorm sheathing and up to 24″ raised heel truss systems
- Lengths to cover from the bottom plate up to the top chord with one Windstorm structural sheathing (see APA Product Report PR-N133 for details)
- Roof hurricane clips may be eliminated in most areas of the country because Windstorm connects the roof system to the wall system to prevent lift and roll over
- No horizontal joints mid wall or at the top plates means less air leakage (up to 60% less)
- Eliminates the hinge point at the truss and top plate connection and eliminates the blocking
- Energy codes allow lower R-value attic insulation in certain climate zones if uncompressed insulation extends to the outside edge of the top plate. Try the Solution Builder below for state energy code and climate zone information.
Read what Builders, Engineers and Framers say about Windstorm
“Energy Savings Start With The Framing”.
Case Study: Windstorm Wall Sheathing on Multi-Family Project Reduces Air Leakage and Construction Costs.
Read how a New Jersey builder saved over $70,000 using Windstorm in a high wind zone project while facing a tight schedule and strict building codes. Read More
Today’s homebuyers look to purchase or build homes that utilize products that can reduce their energy costs, improve indoor air quality and are environmentally responsible. Windstorm structural wall sheathing can help. Using Windstorm sheathing means less waste, less material, and lower labor costs. All Windstorm panels are SFI® Chain of Custody certified. FSC® certified Windstorm may also be available on request. Visit the Green Building section in our Resources pages for more details on practices and points available to you when Windstorm is used. “Energy Savings Start With The Framing”
Windstorm can help your project qualify under rating systems such as LEED®.