Known for their natural qualities of thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as for their mechanical strength, wood panels are used for a variety of purposes in the context of building work, exterior and interior. They are recently invited to decorate their homes, in various forms: furniture, floors, walls, among other examples. Moreover, this material is combined with styles of decoration as contemporary as warm and original. Different types of wood panels exist: not to mention the plywood, MDF or chipboard, the OSB wood panels also have properties, advantages and disadvantages very specific, which is here to discover.
The manufacture of OSB wood panels
Behind the name "OSB wood" hides the English expression "Oriented Strand Board". Indeed, and as indicated by its name, an OSB wood panel is the result of a manufacturing process that consists of compressing several layers of wood slats, the latter having been previously arranged in different orientations. This manufacturing technique, implemented by many manufacturers in France and Europe, gives these wood panels remarkable mechanical properties and this particular texture, composed of different shades of wood that intermingle.
Where to buy OSB wood panels?
One of the advantages of OSB wood, and not least, is that it is very economical compared to other much more expensive building materials. In addition, OSB wood is easily found in large areas dedicated to DIY, or directly from specialized manufacturers just like plywood. Some of them offer custom wood panels, that is to say, cut according to the dimensions and thickness specified during orders. Sometimes the manufacturer also proposes to add grooves and tongues, which makes it easier to mount the panels together. A material that can be adapted to perfection, therefore!
The advantages of a natural and ecological material
In addition to the awareness of the importance of respect for the environment, natural materials have been increasingly recommended and preferred in the context of work on homes. In fact, these materials have many advantages, among which the absence of risk of allergies or irritation, comfort, lightness, ease of implementation, durability or their biodegradability. In terms of insulation, the wood has the advantage of retaining heat in winter, but to preserve freshness in warmer weather. In addition to these significant advantages, OSB panels will satisfy the most ecological consciences: they are not only of natural origin, but also made from thinning wood. This expression indicates that trees have been cut down to facilitate the development of others, which are generally used in the manufacture of OSB panels. A good solution to not waste anything! OSB is also completely recyclable.
Easy and varied uses
The natural properties of OSB make it a pleasant material to handle and easy to use. Lightweight, it is easy to carry. It is also very strong and has an appreciable mechanical resistance. Finally, it is easily pierced and cut, without crumbling or forming large amounts of dust. These characteristics explain the diversity of uses of OSB wood panels: previously used mostly for structural work, they are now used for thermal and sound insulation, wall walls and floors, or are used in the interior layout of the rooms and the decoration. Note: the properties of OSB also allow them to be used in bathrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, for wall cladding or furnishing. Regarding this particular use, it is important to note that there are several categories of OSB wood, which must be chosen according to the humidity level of the room.
Whereas OSB2 wood panels are intended for dry environments, OSB3 or OSB4 wood panels can be used in rooms where the moisture stress is medium or high, these different uses being fixed by a European standard (EN300) . However, even if wet room use is possible, OSB can not be placed in direct and regular contact with water, otherwise it will degrade rapidly. OSB3 or OSB4 wood panels can be used in rooms where the humidity stress is medium or high, these different uses being fixed by a European standard (EN300). However, even if wet room use is possible, OSB can not be placed in direct and regular contact with water, otherwise it will degrade rapidly. OSB3 or OSB4 wood panels can be used in rooms where the humidity stress is medium or high, these different uses being fixed by a European standard (EN300). However, even if wet room use is possible, OSB can not be placed in direct and regular contact with water, otherwise it will degrade rapidly.
Wood panels for furniture
The particular texture we have evoked has allowed OSB wood panels to be noticed by interior decorators and stylists, who have incorporated them into contemporary decorating trends. The different shades of mixed wood offer a warm look that goes well with a Scandinavian interior style, for example. Used to cover walls, or cut to form furniture such as coffee tables, shelves or headboards, OSB wood panels warm the atmosphere of any room, from the kitchen to the bedroom, without counting that their rough texture retains light. OSB is therefore considered a very trendy decorative accessory that makes its effect!
A disadvantage of OSB
Despite all the benefits mentioned, OSB is not perfect from point to point. To stop the destructive action of natural agents - fungi and insects - on wood, some manufacturing processes include a treatment of panels from chemicals. These substances can be harmful to human health, especially if the panel is used in living rooms. A slight flat, which can however easily be bypassed by a simple verification of the existence of such treatment before the purchase of wood panels.