Increased incidence of strong weather systems and the tragedies that follow high wind events have encouraged engineers and designers to rethink the way we build to improve wall strength. Stronger walls will keep home occupants safer during weather events and will increase the lifespan of the home. One of the problems is that the roof, wall and flooring systems are installed as separate entities. Connecting the OSB wall sheathing and the flooring system can create a continuous load path which can improve wall strength by up to 38%.
All fasteners are critical. The ten “most important” fasteners in a roof panel are the ones in each corner and the six in the intermediate panel edge connections. Fasten your seat belts!
When it comes time to upgrade your roof you might opt for heavy tiles/slates and it’s best to know if your existing SolarBord can handle that kind of load.
When the sun is at a particular angle, you can see the outline of the OSB panels on my roof. This causes a ‘windowpane’ effect. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?
Do you have asphalt shingles over wood shakes and would like to remove the old asphalt shingles and install new asphalt shingles directly over the wood shakes? Curious to know if this is a good idea or a bad move?
Plywood and OSB paneling expands and contracts as it adjusts to the moisture content of the building site. Unrestrained by fastening and framing, panels can move an average of 1/8 inch as they acclimatize. Correct spacing of panels will help to make allowances for expansion and prevent buckling of walls, floors and roofs and gaps in the building envelope that will compromise energy efficiency. “Energy savings start with the framing.”