South coast carpentry company counts on SterlingOSB Zero performance

South coast carpentry company counts on SterlingOSB Zero performance

A time-served carpenter with a broad building background has come to rely on the performance and all-round quality of SterlingOSB Zero, a popular panel board which is manufactured in the UK by West Fraser. He finds a variety of uses for the environmentally-friendly product in his work. 

Peter Baldwin Carpentry is based on the Kent-Sussex border and operates within a 50-mile range of his home, with one of his most recent projects fully demonstrating the versatility of the high-performance boards; he used a full pack to build a two-room summerhouse on behalf of a client near Bexhill-on-Sea.

Peter Baldwin explained: “I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years and, though I worked for one company for many years, I went from general building to training up as a carpenter; then, when I got made redundant, I decided to set up my own business, mainly doing domestic work.

“I undertake extensions and refurb work, while the summerhouse we’re just completing now is not untypical of the garden rooms and other outbuildings that clients want.  It measures 10.5 x 4 metres and is built mainly of SterlingOSB Zero on a four by two-inch timber frame; I used 40 sheets supplied by Parker Building Supplies.”

Explaining why so much OSB went into the project, Peter added: “Not just the wall sheathing but the floor and the roof all use OSB; with the latter being a warm roof where there is a second layer of 18mm SterlingOSB Zero laid over 100mm of Celotex insulation and screwed through to the frame using 225mm fixings.  And it will be finished off with GRP profiles by a specialist sub-contractor. I normally buy the West Fraser board which is a much better price than plywood and does an equally good job.  Importantly, the boards are very accurate so, if you build something square, the joints are all tight which cuts down on fitting work.”

With Peter’s involvement coming to an end, the client is intending to erect an internal partition and line all the walls in more of the SterlingOSB Zero as he completes the fit out.

Available in thicknesses of 18 and 22mm, the 2400mm length boards come in widths of 590 and 1200mm, while being manufactured using UK grown timber and with Zero added formaldehyde, SterlingOSB Zero has impressive environmental credentials.  Both the 18- and 22-mm thick panels are strong enough to meet most load-bearing applications, are BBA Approved and recognized by NHBC Technical standards for housing applications.  SterlingOSB Zero T&G also bears the coveted UKTFA Q-mark, a quality certification which provides a benchmark for manufacturers, and offers confidence to designers and end-users across the UK.

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