Beyond OSB: Wall Sheathings That Multitask
Can a product that provides structure, housewrap, and even insulation save you time and money?
Synopsis: When is wall sheathing not just wall sheathing? How about when it insulates, too, or has housewrap integrated as a component? FHB senior editor Charles Bickford explored the latest in wall sheathings and discovered products that go beyond the call of duty. Structural Insulated Sheathing from Dow also provides insulation and a weatherproof barrier; Nautilus Wall Sheathing from Georgia-Pacific has housewrap glued to one side; and Huber’s ZIP System panels have an outer layer called Stormex meant to take the place of housewrap. This article includes a sidebar on Nyloboard, a new material made of recycled nylon-carpet fibers, and a sidebar on the tapes used with sheathing products.
Remember when somebody started selling peanut butter and jelly in the same jar? Well, a few manufacturers have recently developed sheathing products that combine two or more functions in one product. In part, it’s an effort to simplify the increasingly…