Sheathing boards, according to one of many slightly varying dictionary definitions, are “boards of wood or fibre materials applied to the outer studs, joists, and rafters of a building to strengthen the structure and serve as a base for an exterior weatherproof layer.” Euroform’s Versapanel is just one of several different types of sheathing board.
Sheathing boards are most commonly used as part of:
These three core applications cover a vast array of building types, meaning you will see sheathing boards used in almost every conceivable type of building, including:
- Office Buildings
- Apartment Blocks
- Industrial Premises
- Retail Outlets
- Leisure Centres
- Agricultural Buildings
- Sporting Arenas
- Student Accommodation
The most commonly used sheathing board products are plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), gypsum sheathing panels and fibre cement boards. Within each of these ‘sub groups’ there are numerous variations, with different facings, fibre types and, in the case of OSB, different grades of glue. No two sheathing boards are the same and there are, arguably, pros and cons for each.Sheathing boards are not required in all constructions, but they are where certain cladding or render systems are being used. Effective wall sheathing, correctly installed, renders a structure weather-tight, enabling internal trades to begin work in a dry, amenable environment. The speed with which sheathing boards can be installed, compared to other, more traditional building materials, is astonishing. The benefits of this speed of construction means buildings can be occupancy-ready to a surprisingly short schedule.
Euroform’s Versapanel: Tried, Tested, Trusted.
The experienced and knowledgeable technical team at Euroform, however, have thrown their weight very much behind cement particle board, developing their own unique and exceptionally high-quality CP board, Versapanel, investing huge amounts of resource in developing and testing the product. Cement particle board, sometimes referred to as cement-bonded particle boardÂ can stand up to physical impact, moisture, heat, rot and even freezing conditions withoutÂ compromising any of its mechanical properties. A cement particle boardÂ left to soak in water for 24 hours, will dry out without any detrimental effect. For Euroform, developers, fabricators and distributors of a wide range of building materials and products, when it came to introducing our own sheathing board to the UK construction industry, cement particle board was a ‘no brainer’.
We believe Versapanel is not only the best cement particle board on the market; it is the best sheathing board on the market.
We could highlight the weaknesses of gypsum, OSB and plywood. We could highlight the weaknesses of other, less-comprehensively tested cement particle boards. But we’d rather talk about Versapanel’s exceptional strengths.