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Installation Advice: Should Wall Sheathing Overlap Foundation?

Whether most of your construction projects use engineered wood, plywood or OSB, proper wall sheathing installation helps protect the home from wind and water penetration. Installing wall sheathing panels is fairly straightforward, yet one question we do see on social media is whether sheathing should overlap the foundation. Let’s take a look.  

Builders Kyle Stumpenhorst of @rrbuildings and Jordan Smith of @jordansmithbuilds install LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier like regular wall sheathing. They say it installs easily––similar to regular OSB. “One trip around the house and I’m able to get all my structural sheathing up as well as my WRB and my new air barrier is installed. And it’s very easy and very quick to install,” says Smith. 

Should sheathing overlap foundation? 

The advice when installing wall sheathing is to overlap and install flashing, providing a means to direct moisture away from the foundation. Pros often seal the sill when the wall sheathing overlaps the sill plate. The installation instructions for LP WeatherLogic panels are:

  • When the panel is flush with the face of the foundation, provide a 1/2-inch gap between the bottom edge of the panel and the foundation.
  • Attach approved drip edge when required by code.
  • Apply LP WeatherLogic® Seam & Flashing Tape to seal the top of the drip edge. The tape should extend at least 2 inches past each end and extend at least 2 inches onto the panel face and cover all fasteners used to attach the drip edge. 
  • If the fasteners are placed so that the standard 3-3/4-inch tape cannot cover and extend 2 inches onto the panel, use the 6-inch tape or shingle multiple rows of 3-3/4-inch tape so that a layer above overlaps the layer below.

Stumpenhorst recently constructed a 16-foot-tall building with an irregular foundation, and before he started installing LP WeatherLogic panels he marked reference lines. “We’re running our WeatherLogic sheets vertically,” says Stumpenhorst. “We won’t have a consistent, single line because we can’t snap from on our foundation.”

Stumpenhorst said the foundation had some variances. “We don’t want to start at the foundation and move up. We’re going to mark from the soffit down so we can establish two lines,” he said.  

The 16-foot-tall building naturally aligned with 4-foot by 8-foot dimensions of the LP WeatherLogic panels. “We laid out all the framing so that we would have very little to no waste while installing the sheathing.” In this application, he used a 4-foot piece near the foundation, an 8-foot piece above it, and then a 4-foot piece. For the next section, he installed two 8-foot sections. He finished with the first 4x8x4 combination. 

For more quick tips, be sure to follow #LPQuickTip on Instagram. Want to see more from these pro builders? Check out this modern farmhouse build.

 

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Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

January and February typically usher in the season’s coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it’s often the freeze/thaw cycle––cold days followed by quick warm-ups––that can cause significant damage to a home’s siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?

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Best House Sheathing for Cold Climates

With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let’s explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.