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    Wood Wall Sheathing Advantages

    "Wood structural panel wall sheathing is especially beneficial in high-wind regions such as the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast, and in earthquake-prone regions (such as the West Coast). Walls covered with wood structural panel sheathing create a strong, rigid, rack-resistant structure that minimizes building deformation under seismic or wind loading conditions. The increased rigidity of sheathing greatly decreases cracking of brittle exterior finishes such as stucco.

    Wall sheathing also ties the roof, wall, floor and foundation together, increasing the strength of the structure. Figure 1 compares wall deformation and ultimate load capacities for typical construction methods. Wood structural panels reduce wall deformation and provide greater shear or racking load capacity than other sheathing products.

    Wood-frame wall construction with wood structural panels can cut construction costs and save time. The lower mass of wood-frame walls allows for simpler, less massive foundations and reduced design shear loads for seismic-resistant engineered floor or roof diaphragms. Prefabricating large wall sections on site and using ?ilt-up?wall erection procedures can also save money for both residential and commercial applications. (image source:

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