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5 Things You May Not Know about SterlingOSB

SterlingOSB first landed on the market in 1985 and was definitely the new kid on the block. Jump forward and it is, today, firmly recognised as the go-to resource in construction. Its flexibility of application from hoarding to roofing and flooring, make it a key resource on any site, regardless of the size of the project.

And, due to its visual appeal, SterlingOSB is now being showcased creatively in its rawest of form in restaurants, cafes, bars, retail outlets, pop-up villages, adventure parks, festivals – as well as being used by architects and artists to create incredible works of art. It really is a transferable resource.

That said, its core function and purpose firmly remains in the realm of construction and, to that end, commitment to innovation for SterlingOSB at Norbord HQ continues to focus on improving the product to make it even more fit for purpose.

So, let’s take a look at five new aspects Norbord has introduced to SterlingOSB that you may not be aware of:

SterlingOSB3 – Ideal for housebuilding and construction

Sterling OSB3 is Norbord’s strongest ever version of SterlingOSB. It is designed to withstand the toughest of conditions. Stronger and tougher than most soft plywood, thanks to the tens of thousands of real wood strands that go into every board – it’s perfect for structural use in load bearing and challenging conditions. SterlingOSB3 also performs well in humid conditions making it the ideal resource for house building and construction.

SterlingOSB3 Tongue and Groove – Ideal for flat roof decking and flooring

Norbord engineered a tongue and groove application – making it even simpler to work with and providing a smoother finish. The precision-engineered tongued and grooved board is ideal for use in flat roof decking and flooring applications. No knots, no voids – and due to the precision engineering, the same high quality is enjoyed with every single board.

SterlingOSB FireSolutions – Reduce the risk of fire

SterlingOSB FireSolutioins has been developed specifically in response to the Structural Timber Association’s published guidelines for reducing fire spread in large timber frame buildings.  As well as having all the usual benefits of SterlingOSB, this product is specifically designed to reduce the risk of fire, during the construction phase, when fire resistant finishes are not yet in place.

Also, thanks to the materials used and the way Norbord manufactures SterlingOSB FireSolutions, the panels are also environmentally-friendly.

SterlingOSB StongFix – Ideal for dry lining applications

SterlingOSB StrongFix is an OSB panel designed to be used in dry lining applications. It’s simple to fit and highly versatile. Suitable for domestic and commercial use, it provides secure anchorage areas, ideal for fixing heavy fixtures to stud walls such as; cabinets, radiators, wash basins, railings and anything else that is heavy and needs to be secured.

SterlingOSB SiteCoat – ready for painting or application of site graphics

SterlingOSB SiteCoat has all the benefits of SterlingOSB, with the added advantages of a board created to be the perfect solution for site hoarding.

Whilst OSB is a great choice for site hoarding, its natural texture can often mean more work when painting or branding is required. SterlingOSB SiteCoat is ready primed on one side with a non-solvent coating, meaning less work when it comes to painting or adding graphics to your hoarding. You get all the benefits of SterlingOSB, with the added benefit of the ready primed coating, saving you valuable time. There’s also a choice of colour for the primer too.

And, of course, all of this continuous innovation comes with a focus on a low carbon footprint, eco-friendly coatings, sourcing timber locally and, in line with FSC and other timber, safety and manufacturing regulations.

To find out more about these and other SterlingOSB products and innovations – visit www.norbord.co.uk