All about moisture-proof OSB-plates

OSB-panels made from oriented chips have various properties, technical and operational characteristics. The most qualitative are the materials with the OSB-3 and OSB-4 marking – this is moisture-resistant panels with a minimum swelling coefficient of 10-15%. We will understand in the features of moisture-resistant plates, methods of their production, types and spheres of application.

Main characteristics

Moisture-proof OSB-plates – construction material, which in Russia is produced in accordance with the GOST regulations 32567-2013. It uses wooden chips (at least 90%) of various sizes for its manufacture. In this case, the length of the chips should not exceed 20 cm, width – 4 cm and thickness – 1 mm. Panels consist of several layers of chips, and the laying of each of them is produced in different directions. Thanks to this manufacturing technology, the material is solid and durable.

Waterproof OSB panels are painted well and glued. Due to such a feature, the consumer can easily change their appearance. For OSB, the use of high-quality paints suitable for painting products made of natural wood. OSB plates are easy to process. They quickly and without much effort are being seen, they cut, polished and drilled with manual or electric joinery tools.

We list the main characteristics of moisture resistant OSB-plates.

  1. High bend strength. In moisture-proof materials, the value ranges from 3500 to 4800 N / mm2.
  2. Small mass. Panel weight directly depends on their size. Depending on the dimensions, the mass is from 12 to 46 kg. Due to the low weight, the transportation of the material will not require the hiring of specialized equipment. And also due to the small mass decreases the load on the basis of the construction structure.
  3. Density not less than 650 kg / m3 (approximately like natural wood).
  4. Uniformity of material around the perimeter. Inside the panel there is no air emptiness and bundles.
  5. Good ability to hold fasteners, Conducted by high density of building materials and its fibrity. When working with panels, it is allowed to use all types of fastening elements that are suitable for wood-based tile materials.
  6. Foreign safety. Waterproof OSB panels belong to the gramifications class G4. This class includes fire hazardous materials. To reduce the level of flammability, manufacturers are treated with special substances panels.
  7. Stability of moisture-resistant sheets to temperature effects. Even with sharp drops of temperature, the building material is not resolved and does not lose operational properties.

OSB have a weak biological stability – with a long stay in high humidity conditions, the risks of appearance on their mold surface are significantly increasing.

The disadvantages of moisture-resistant composite material include its toxicity and harmfulness. Its production technology provides for the use of formaldehyde and melaminformaldehyde resins. These substances, stand out in the environment, negatively affect human health.

The most dangerous moisture-resistant plates include products with E3 emission level (formaldehyde isolated from 1.25 to 2.87 mg / m³). In European countries, the production of such materials is prohibited. The most secure health is the building materials with the EMISSIA class E1 and E2. A greater volume of formaldehyde in the environment is allocated in the first year of use of plates.

The better plywood?

Plywood board and OSB-plates – similar to manufacturing technology and technical parameters Building materials. Plywood is made of wood veneer, its subtle layers are glued together with a glue substance with formaldehyde compounds. Platters from veneer have a more aesthetic facial side, so that they can be used for external finishing works.

However, OSB-stoves have some better operational properties and species compared to plywood. For example, they have a smaller weight. Due to the small mass work with sheets is more convenient, moreover, they have a smaller weight load on the construction design.

Fixed fasteners are easier to fasteners. In the plywood boards, experienced builders advise to pre-hold holes before screwing fasteners – it leads to additional time.

Compared to plywood, OSB-stoves are better noise insulation. As well as sheets of oriented chips will cost much cheaper than plywood boards. With a limited budget and the need to finish large areas for the purpose of savings, it is recommended to give preference to chips panels.

How to distinguish from ordinary?

Many buyers are wondering how to distinguish moisture-resistant panels from non-fatty materials. In most cases, moisture-resistant strips are laminated or covered with varnish. The laminated panel facial side is covered with a wear-resistant film that increases moisture resistance.

How to make plates?

Main raw materials in the production of OSB plates – chips from hardwood. For these purposes at the sorting stage, illiquid fine trunks are taken. They are cut into short billets, which are further cut into special machinery for inventing tape. On such aggregates it is possible to set the desired dimensions of the future chip.

After drying the prepared raw materials in chip bunkers, sorted into large and small fragments. This is the preparatory stage of the manufacture of OSB.

Further production technology includes certain consistent actions.

  1. Mixing basic raw materials with adhesive substance. Sorting chip stirred on special equipment with phenolic and isocyanate components. Due to adhesive substances, finished sheets acquire the necessary rigidity, strength and water resistance. Material mixed to homogeneous mass in the future enters the drums where resin and paraffin are also supplied.
  2. Molding and laying. Carried out on specialized lines, the design of which provides pressure rollers, scales, magnets. The latter are needed to capture foreign inclusions. At the same stage, the chips are performed – on the first layer it stacked along the long side of the sheet, and in the subsequent – in the transverse direction.
  3. Press. The process is performed on pressing equipment at a pressure of 5 n / and temperatures from 170 to 200 degrees.

The last stage – cutting on the ribbon tools on the sheets of necessary sizes. Finished products pack and sent to the warehouse – there they are “searched” a certain time, which is needed for complete redemption of resinous substances.

Description of species

Manufacturers offer several varieties of chopboard oriented. They are Grinded – with a smooth surface without external defects and flaws.Products with a flat side are designed for floor facing. The market is also found tanker. Its distinctive feature – the presence of locks on the ends, with which the sheets are fitted close to each other without the formation of slots.

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OSB are divided into species depending on the strength class and moisture resistance:

  • OSB-1;

  • OSB-2;

  • OSB-3;

  • OSB-4.

OSB-1 – the cheapest material with the smallest resistance to moisture. It is not recommended to use on the street, for the construction of bearing structures, as well as for decoration in rooms with high humidity (in the bathroom, bathroom, kitchen). It is most often used to align the walls in dry rooms, in the production of furnishing items.

OSB-2, in contrast to OSB-1, have greater rigidity and durability. They are allowed to use when the supporting structures are erected. Because of the budget value, they are often used to arrange draft floors in dry rooms. However, due to the high swelling factor, such sheets are not recommended to use at high humidity.

OSB-3 – moisture-proof material, Highlighting hardness and strength.

OSB-4 – the highest quality and expensive building material. It is characterized by maximum stiffness and strength indicators, as well as the smallest swelling coefficient. Such panels are recommended to use as structural materials. It is permissible to apply for the finishing of the facades of buildings and in rooms with high humidity levels.

In size and weight

OSB panels have standard dimensions. Their thickness is:

  • 6 mm;
  • 9 mm;
  • 11 mm;
  • 12 mm;
  • 15 mm;
  • 18 mm.

From the thickness of the product directly depends on its weight. The thinnest panels have a lot of 12.5 kg, and the fattest – 35 kg. The most popular are sheets with dimensions of 2500×1250 mm, 1220×2440 mm and a thickness of 9 to 12 mm thick.

Scope of application

Chip-oriented sheets are used as structural and finishing building materials. With their help, we cut the walls inside or outside the room. With the right choice of panel will be harmonized with various decorative facing. Depending on where the plates (for external work or for interior decoration) are used, sheets with an optimal brand are selected;.

Focused chip panels are used to arrange seamless floors based on concrete or wood. In lightweight buildings, they apply as an independent finish.

Consider other applications.

  1. As the basis for roofing. Plates are distinguished by increased strength and rigidity, due to which they are able to withstand strong wind gusts.
  2. In the manufacture of heated beams. Due to good stiffery plates make reliable any construction design.
  3. Construction of temporary formwork during work with concrete solution. For repeated use, preference is given to polished or laminated sheets.
  4. Production of containers under the transportation of cargo of any dimensions.
  5. Furniture manufacture. Moisture-resistant OSB is used for the manufacture of furniture buildings, decorative structural elements (for example, the backs of chairs), rear layers of cabinets, dresser.
  6. Construction of temporary housing.
  7. Production of production racks, shelves, counters.

OSB-slabs are widely used in the construction sector. At the same time, they cover all areas of construction – from private housing to industrial.

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