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Plywood vs. OSB

New-generation panels mean decade-old notions are no way to choose sheathing. Here's what you need to know.

Either plywood or oriented-strand board (OSB) provides the structural skin on most houses today. Used for floors, walls, and roofs, these sheathing products are ubiquitous, but are they created equal? This article details exactly how the two products compare in strength, water resistance, and even environmental impact. A sidebar offers tips for storing and installing these products to avoid problems.

Plywood vs. OSB

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