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Matt Risinger
December 22, 2017

Framing : OSB vs. Plywood - Whats the difference in COST AND PERFORMANCE

From Matt Risinger on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 in Arts & Culture, Reviews & Videos
Talking Cost and Performance With The Most Popular Sheathing Choices - Plywood vs. OSB when Framing a New Home! 

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50 Comments on "Framing : OSB vs. Plywood - Whats the difference in COST AND PERFORMANCE":

warren wallace Thursday, February 8th, 2018
O.S.B. is the worst thing ever made set one sheet of osb in water and one sheet of plywood in water and let them sit for 1 day then pull them out and see which one you can still use.
yippi hippy Thursday, February 8th, 2018
wait till a hurricane hits an see where all that money you saved goes, osb should never ever be used! not in florida. i don't think it should ever be used anywhere!
david hampton Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Osb is crap just shoot a nail into it and pull it out by hand. Enough said. More like sob.
Björn Mundt Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
America needs much better insulation of the homes. Nationwide.Remodel homes to passive houses. That is good for global climate. Good for America. Bad for Oil drillers.
Filippo Vincenti Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Hi. Nice video,I always wondered why in the USA you build houses whit this sistem, made about of wood, and do not use concrete or ceramic block. Thanks
Scott Bittner Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
The last video that I watched, you were using modern framing with 2x6s 24" OC.  This appears to be 2x4s 16" OC.  Why the traditional framing?
erm Spa Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Preasure treated sills plates and the first two feet of sheathing preasure treated plywood never had a problem with bottom water
Wesley Cooper Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
I dont mind osb on walls dont care for it on a roof. Just due to its less reliable nail retention for a shingled roof. If you're using screws for a metal roof its fine. Terrible though for shingles and nails in high wind areas.
Basil Rathbonez Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
OSB is okay unless it is close to earth... I made some well houses out of it 25 yrs ago, on top of treated lumber....I did not notice but they made trails up on the treated lumber(4 inches) and ate the OSB like it was lunch...It is also subject to moisture damage.. I use treated plywood for subfloors and roof don't have to, regular exterior-grade is fine....but I KNOW that treated plywood will withstand ANY adverse condition( I have pieces that have laid on the ground for over 15 yrs and they have not rot or have insect damage--in the south)
Willem Van G Monday, February 5th, 2018
Use just cement block to build a real house. Period.
Ed Romana Sunday, February 4th, 2018
I have to replace the flooring on my manufactured home. moisture the subfloor, Should i use plywood or osb
allu50 Sunday, February 4th, 2018
I used a bitumen surfaced wood fiber product from hunton. And the whole frame is breathable without any plastic waterproofing or vapour barrier and 10 inches of Hunton flex insulation.
Larry Roane Sunday, February 4th, 2018
OSB is good ****, just like LP siding
P Tx Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Baltic plywood’s better
IcantSignIn Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
If you don't want to leave the house for your kids use osb.
Chuck Sylvia Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
With osb you are relying on the glue to hold your house together.
buck ewer Friday, February 2nd, 2018
OSB= cheap crap construction. Sponsored content.
Dan Devine Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Damn I didn't know little finger knew how to build a modern house
Brian Boterman Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Why is it that North America likes framing so much ? Here were i live clay bricks are still the norm. I even bought 150year old recuperation bricks for my exterior.
Ken Doe Monday, January 29th, 2018
Matt, I would think that coating each sheet of either OSB or Plywood and framing with elastomeric after construction would encapsulate the wood and not allow any moisture to penetrate it.I think the added cost would be beneficial in the long run.I can get a good quality roofing elastomeric for $60. for 5 gallons that once covered with siding and drywall should hold up for decades or longer.Tell me your thoughts on this?Thanks for the great vids!
Zachary Zander Monday, January 29th, 2018
Build the house out of concrete block and wrap with brick or stone veneer. Your initial cost will be higher, but masonry is superior to wood in every way.
Eric Barritt Sunday, January 28th, 2018
I own a 1958 bungalow in Edmonton Alberta. My exterior walls are 2x4 fir studs w/ 2" pink fibreglass batt thermal insul c/w wax kraft paper - class 2 vapor retarder, 1x8 shiplap exterior fir wd cladding, bldg paper - class 3 vapor retarder / weather barrier, and 3/4" Stucco veneer. The inside is finished w/ lath board and plaster for a total thickness of 7/8". The finish is painted - class 2 vapor retarder (2 coats of paint)Therefore, my exterior walls do not have a true vapor barrier - class 1 vapor retarder (0.1 permanence) Nevertheless, there is very little rot. I suspect that it's because the wall is very permeable, so it drys our quickly. I would like to add 2 to 3 inches of insulation board to the outside. I was also considering blowing cellulose insulation into the remaining void of the stud cavities, and leaving the batt insul & kraft paper in place. I want to protect the wood from rot so I would like to use a high performance rainscreen system material, and go with high permanence board insulation on the exterior, such as "Roxul".If I add cellulose to my wall cavity, would a paint with a vapor barrier rating work for my inside? I already have new energy efficient windows, so adding poly class 1 over the plaster - walls & ceiling - and sheating over with 1/2" gypboard would be a lot of work.I would like to achieve a R-20 or better rating in the wall. My roof cavity is already R-30. The cellulose would probably bring the stud cavity up to R-12, so I could save a little money on the outside with 2" insulation. If I uses 2" of iso or xps I'd save even more money, but I'm worried about the wood rot.
121212 Sunday, January 28th, 2018
I would never allow that OSB garbage on my home. $1200 for something that doesn't warp and melt in moisture sounds like money well spent.
tyler krug Sunday, January 28th, 2018
I've seen 5/8 drywall used for the exterior sheeting, I live in wa state, I've never seen that before but my boss said it's popular in Southern California for builders to do.
Eric Ramirez Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Wht do u recommend to use either o.s.b or plywood for siding outside for a mobile home?
Schpankme Verimuch Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Use SIPs.
Admiral Percy Saturday, January 27th, 2018
What would it cost to seal the wood?
FCoxUSMC Thursday, January 25th, 2018
OSB is garbage from the get go. Plywood will last loner and its stronger. I am a plumber and while working new construction I dropped a tunneling bar I was useing to pop a hole in the roof for a vent pipe. I was on the fourth floor. The floors were OSB, the tunneling bar went through all four floors all the way to the basement. If the floors had been plywood that would not have happened.
Ryan Wells Thursday, January 25th, 2018
"$1,200.00, that's more then half my mortgage payment." The struggle is real.
HowToOverthink Thursday, January 25th, 2018
In addition to the leaky air in old homes I think a major contributor is the old-growth lumber. From my experience after replacing rotten boards on a hundred-year-old homes the replacement lumber tends to rot at a much faster rate. Old-growth Lumber is just so much more rot resistant.
Alex Matei Thursday, January 25th, 2018
You americans haven't heard about bricks because you said OSB or plywood is cheaper, but a tornado will dance with those things. It's cheaper to build a house property from the start and then build only the roof after each tornado.
scottmillennium Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
I think OSB makes a lot of sense on walls since it has a greater shear strength than plywood. Plywood, on the other hand, makes a better floor and a better roof than OSB.
blaydCA Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
I use osb for walls, plywood for roofs. Save when you can, spend when you need to, and always maintain waterproofing interior and exterior.
JuystaFan Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Hi. Love these videos. Have you or will you talk about structural fiberboard? What about sheething brick homes (exterior brick)?
Lex Boegen Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
I'd be interested in knowing how those two products compare in their abilities to carry loads, resist flexing under load, etc. I'm a DIYer, not a professional builder, and would like to know which would be a better choice for less than whole house structures. Thanks for a great series of videos, not just this one.
Sean Collins Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
The best sheathing is 1x6 tounge and groove, beats plywood
Lungu Gabriel Monday, January 22nd, 2018
This is junk! If I would build a new house I would build it in concrete and briks.
RF Tech Monday, January 22nd, 2018
OSB is junk waste product that quickly rots and falls apart if it gets wet...........If you want it to last, use plywood
Jay P Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Great video!
BennHerr Monday, January 22nd, 2018
I've seen a bunch of new construction (mostly commercial) that looks to be built with OSB with a coating/color on it. Is this a thing for water protection?
planus Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Never understood building big houses with wood framing . We use brick walls 9 inchs outer and 5 inchs inner + cement plastering and for ceilings we use steel reinforced concrete 4 to 5 inches thick. I'm from India. I never understood the concept of building houses with wood. Is it due to weather considerations? Nowhere in India apart from few office we use wood framing that too only for internal partitions.
John McNally Sunday, January 21st, 2018
I would have liked to see how you felt about zip sheathing also.
Xarcht Sunday, January 21st, 2018
What about the ship lap outer layer? Would it do better?
Edysin Simon Sunday, January 21st, 2018
What is your opinion of ISP? I was thinking of building my place out with insulated structural panels over the other options on the market?
FizzlNet Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Is LDF not an option in US? It's kinda like MDF, but less dense packing and larger grain size. Much better than OSB, thou, as the way to work with it is way more consistent and repeatable.
tinker bee Friday, January 19th, 2018
I have done construction for over 30 years not a big fan of using plywood it rains too much in my area and plywood delaminats and warps too quickly when you are trying to build a house and it is getting wet in the process I use 3/4 Advantech on the floor 7/16 zip board OSB on the walls and regular 5/8 OSB with feltex on the roof
jason meldrum Friday, January 19th, 2018
Both ply and osb products have drawbacks as well as benefits. I'm not quite sure as to why so many of you take issue with osb products. OSB has come a long way and modern products are actually really good and for many applications it actually outperforms ply products and is required over plywood to meet some of those applications.
John EM Thursday, January 18th, 2018
always use fir ply. youll never look back. osb is the worst garbage ever made
scoobtoober29 Thursday, January 18th, 2018
.1" thick material that you mentioned in the beginning. Whut are they thinking, hurricane, gust of wind, small children would blast right through that. My pressure washer would cut that.Thanks for posting all of your videos. As a homeowner I debate on quality and cost. Where to meet in the middle and then get wife approval. I think you convince many or show many a better way to go and why. I seriously consider the better way to go and feel confident that it wont fail where other ways are sure to later down the road. I live in a 1950's house that was made right even to today's standards. It's had a few upgrades like osb on the entire roof that is to code now. The space decking was great and did sag a little in spots but was intact. Some knots did fall through and the code got it right to sheath the whole thing.Other high points are the windows, solid wood and open and close great. No air leaks, previous owners did put storm windows on and now there is little reason to change to moden ones. Some energy could be saved but the look would be lost forever. Or rather pricey wooden clad ones would kill my bank acct. Keep up the good work and thanks!
Adam Lynch Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
There are different grades of OSB and for anything that may get damp be that through condensation or roofing etc then you should be using grade 3. Shuttering ply will ripple with moisture. You pay your money you takes you choice these days. A lot of architects in the U.K. specify OSB 3 for valleys etc.



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