07:04PM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 03/12/04
2 lifetime posts
I live in southern wi. My builder uses only styrofoam board instead of osb? Which is preferred and recommended? Thank you


05:09PM | 03/21/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
That depends on priorities. Foam gives better insulation and no shear strength. When it is used entirely for the sheathing, one must use bracing in the wall such as let in 1x4 or metal diagonal straps to achieve the raking or shear strength.

In seismic zones it would be almost impossible to achieve the strength for withstanding an earthquake without using solid sheathing such as OSB, Plywood, or Advantec

Excellence is its own reward!


06:02PM | 03/21/04
Member Since: 03/12/04
2 lifetime posts
Thank you. I see so many homes with styrofaom and no let in construction? What do you recommend? I know osb is almost 4 times as much as a year ago. What about the energy saver foil styrofoam and the let in system?

My builder in wisconsin will not tyvek but rather tape the seams of the styrofoam. I dont see any tyvek when one uses styrofaom?

Thanks so much fo the reply and hope to hear your recommendations.




02:43AM | 03/22/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Personally, I would not build or own a house without it having both rigid sheathing for stability all about (such as OSB or plywood) AND rigid styrofoam insulation on top of that.

(If house sheathing is all styrofoam with vinyl siding, a burglar can get into your house using a razor knife by going right thru the walls...)

Foam is not used in conjunction with Tyvek or any other housewrap.

Foam is superior to housewrap and does much better in preventing wall cavity condensation than does Tyvek or housewrap especially in cold climates.


05:40PM | 06/01/13
what about foamboard with brick? any issues with that?


07:54PM | 12/05/13
Enough with the "cut right into your home" garbage. Ever hear of glass windows being used on a home?


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon