Just The Facts
The stiffness design capacity for 15/32" plywood is 62% higher than for 7/16" OSB.
Georgia-Pacific is one of the largest manufacturers of plywood in the world.
Georgia-Pacific was the first company to manufacture Southern pine plywood.
For high wind zone areas, 19/32" plywood is 220% stiffer than 7/16" OSB, resulting in greater impact resistance, less sag over time and the ability to handle greater load capacity.
Using plywood instead of OSB on roofs helps minimize "telegraphing" due to edge swell.
The allowable uniform load and span rating for 15/32" plywood is higher than for 7/16" OSB, which means that over the same span plywood can withstand heavier loads from snow and ice than OSB.
plywood is 15% lighter than southern yellow pine OSB of comparable thickness.
plywood sheathing and sub-floor carry a lifetime limited warranty against delamination.
Both the TCA and NTCA (Ceramic Tile Associations) recognize plywood as the preferred sub-floor panel under backer board when applying ceramic tile.
plywood is 10% stiffer than OSB, helping reduce the probability of ceramic tile cracking.
The use of plywood can help earn points under the NAHB Green Building Standard.
The use of plywood can help earn credits under the USGBC LEED
In the South Florida counties of Dade and Broward, where building codes are among the strictest in hurricane-prone areas, plywood is the required wood panel for roof sheathing applications.
Plywood and OSB products manufactured by Georgia-Pacific are made from wood that is third-party certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
) procurement standard.
Glued engineered wood products carry greater loads over longer spans than solid wood of equivalent size.
plywood has a water-repellent coating that absorbs up to 40% less water during the normal construction cycle than uncoated plywood
plywood helps protect the sub-floor from moisture-related problems during construction, minimizing time-consuming sanding and callbacks.
On a hot summer day, attics with Thermostat
radiant barrier roof sheathing can stay up to 30ºF cooler than attics with standard sheathing.
radiant barrier roof sheathing can help decrease a home’s annual cooling cost by 8% in the Southeast.
radiant barrier roof sheathing reflects up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat, keeping it from being absorbed into the attic of the home.
radiant barrier roof sheathing, less heat is transferred into living areas through the ceiling, so indoor temperatures stay cooler and more comfortable while helping the cooling system operate more efficiently.
radiant barrier roof sheathing can help you earn points under the NAHB Green Building Standard.
From ceilings to walls to wainscoting, Ply-Bead
real wood panels are designed to give the classic look of expensive bead-board plank paneling without the expense.
panels resist dents, gouges, scuffs and scratches, making them ideal for use in high traffic areas.
I-joists from Georgia-Pacific minimize the effects of shrinking, twisting, and warping that can lead to uneven, squeaky framing.
I-joists from Georgia-Pacific use 45 to 70 percent less wood fiber than a comparably sized traditional lumber joist.
LVL from Georgia-Pacific offers a high strength-to-weight ratio.
Rim board from Georgia-Pacific is manufactured to help minimize shrinking, twisting and warping, making it more compatible with wood I-joists.
Premium-construction, sound-isolated walls with Hushboard
panels can deliver STC ratings of 56, which means loud speech in the next room would not be audible.
Our commercial roof fiberboard uses cellulosic wood fibers with additives to improve strength and moisture resistance.
Structural fiberboard sheathing from Georgia-Pacific is certified to meet 5,200 lbs. minimum racking strength.
Regular fiberboard sheathing from Georgia-Pacific allows water vapor to pass through the wall cavity, rather than being trapped within the wall.
In a comparison of houses made with wood frames and non-wood frames, the wood construction resulted in approximately 16% lower total energy use and 28% less Greenhouse Gas emissions.
As a building material, wood offers a unique combination of benefits, including strength, affordability, ease of use and environmental superiority.
Nine out of ten homes today are built with wood.
Wood is 400 times less heat conductive than steel, so homes built with wood studs take less energy to heat and cool.
Wood contributes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its non-renewable counterparts, steel and concrete.
While wood represents 46% of all industrial raw materials worldwide, it is responsible for only 4% of the energy used to convert raw materials into finished products.
Wood is a better insulator than concrete or steel - 15 times better than concrete and 400 times better than steel.
More wood is grown each year in the U.S. than is harvested. Growth exceeds harvest by 38%.
Manufacturing a concrete slab floor consumes 2.5 times more fossil fuel than a wood joist floor.
The net carbon emitted by producing a ton of glass is 4.7 times more than the amount emitted by producing a ton of wood.
Manufacturing a steel joist floor consumes 4.9 times more fossil fuel than a wood joist floor.
The net carbon emitted by producing a ton of recycled aluminum is 9.4 times more than the amount emitted by producing a ton of wood.
Wood panels are more resistant to temperature transfers than metal frames and masonry materials, helping save energy.
The acoustical properties and tight construction of wood panels help reduce unwanted exterior noise.
Properly applied wood sheathing helps protect homes against high winds and seismic events.
Growing trees harness the energy of the sun and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
It takes less energy and fewer fossil fuels to produce wood products than concrete and steel.
It takes 2.5 times more fossil fuel to produce a concrete slab floor, and 4.9 times more to produce a steel joist floor than it takes to produce a wood joist floor.
There's virtually no waste when we use a tree. Bark and wood residuals are utilized as the primary source of energy at our production facilities, supplying more than 50% of the energy needed to make our wood products.
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