OSB (Oriented Strand Board) question.....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fledgling, May 2, 2009.

  1. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone used this instead of plywood down here in the southeast? We are planning on painting it but not sure if it will hold up in the rain and humidity down here. Our floor is regular plywood, but we were looking at using OSB on the sides to save money. Otherwise, we will have to have wire sides.

    Thank you for your input! [​IMG]
     
  2. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I live in NC and use OSB. You just have to paint it or seal it. Check out my Chook Box coop. It has OSB for the sides, but it's only temp. I suggest using the nails that have the washers to avoid water getting in by the nails.
     
  3. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    painted or stained OSB lasts alot longer than most people think it will. old schoolers frown on OSB because they associate it with composition board and other composites from previous years. today's adhesives are far superior. you might get a little lift on the edged of a few strands but the structural integrity will hold up. if you paint, prime it with a good exterior primer and be sure to seal the edges well. i like stain because it's easy to freshen up down the road. use a good solid or semi solid exterior stain like Cabots, Olympic, or one of the new products from Thompson.
     
  4. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool! We have some paint. How many coats of primer and paint did you use?

    Off to look for your pictures....[​IMG]
     
  5. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great info about the stains! Will look into it! Are you in the southeast, flopshot? If so, how long has your stained coop lasted so far?
     
  6. jimmoose

    jimmoose Out Of The Brooder

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    The OSB over time will not last. Its OK for a year or so but its hard to get
    the paint to seal the ends where the most moisture is collected. There are
    some waterproofed OSB boards such as "Advantec" but they are expensive
    and difficult to work with for siding. "Advantec" is around 30-35 bucks a
    sheet and comes only in 3/4 thickness. If you want permanent and some-
    what better priced, try the Hardee Plank or Hardee Siding. It comes in 10 inch lap siding or 4x8 sheets like plywood. Its a fiberated
    cement product thats easy to work with and is permanent. You can paint
    it or leave as is. I've never seen any swell or rot or come apart ever.
    I used it for the sides on my coop and to me its the product of choice
    for wet weather.
    jim
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  7. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OSB is no different then plywood. All use mulitple species of tree and varied sizes of fragments and all are held together with glue. Use the OSB if cost is an issue. Check out the roofing section at your hardware store and look for roof flashing. There is also a type of drip edge that can be used. Use this on the corners and caulk the edges to keep water out. Then coat the whole thing in several (and it will take several) thin coats of exterior paint. I made my shed this way tens years ago and I haven't had to replace anything yet. Make sure the edges are covered. Also remember that OSB is not an exterior rated material and is not intended for this use but it can be used successfully is the proper care is taken.

    hope this helps

    jeremy
     
  8. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    We have an OSB shed that was painted with 2 coats of primer (Kilz) and 2 coats of exterior paint (Colorplace from Walmart) and it's just now starting to swell at the corners after 3 years. I think it's great to use OSB until finances allow regular plywood
     
  9. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:for outside surface i used Cabots Problem Solver primer (oil base) and two coats of solid stain, this was on pine trim, hardboard , brickmold and spruce dimensional lumber. for inside the coop i used one coat of Kilz and one coat of Glidden semi gloss interior latex.
     
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  10. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes, southern North Carolina.
    i just built the coop but the three log cabin dog houses and pump house i built are stained with a transparent Cabots and my house is in solid Cabots stains. i'll take stains over paint any day i can.
     

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