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West Fraser strikes the right pitch for Essex joinery specialist

  • 5 Jun 2023

A firm of joinery specialists operating across London and the Home Counties, which undertakes the most challenging joinery and timber frame constructions, has been making extensive use of West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero boards including for a development of stick-built homes on a site in south Essex.

Essex Pitch UK Ltd was set up 15 years ago by a group of highly skilled carpenters and joiners to offer clients expertise in executing structural carpentry, loft conversions and other complex roof work including mansards, dormers and hip to gable conversions. 

In addition to targeting the highest build standards, Essex Pitch also prioritises high levels of sustainability in all its work which is one of the reasons it chooses to employ SterlingOSB Zero wherever a high-performance sheathing board is required.

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A director of the company comments: “We choose to use SterlingOSB Zero because it is net carbon negative and more cost-effective than the alternatives. 

“It is also a heavier, stronger material than other OSB boards.  The boards are versatile as well as being available in larger sizes when we require them, and we definitely intend using SterlingOSB Zero and other products from the West Fraser range in the future.”

Case study

On a project at Stock, near Chelmsford, Essex Pitch’s craftsmen carried out the in-situ construction of new houses.  A total of 150 standard size sheets have been supplied by Brentwood Timber Supplies and have been used as the sheathing to the exterior studs which form the load-carrying building envelope. Essex Pitch has also purchased quantities of CaberDek from another West Fraser stockist, PGR Timber Supplies, for all of the flooring.

As part of a comprehensive, net carbon negative product range, SterlingOSB Zero T&G presents specifiers with precision-engineered tongue and groove boards which are typically specified for pitched or flat roof decking and timber frame construction, as well as for flooring and other applications.

Also from an environmental viewpoint, the ‘Zero’ in the name means no formaldehyde is added during its manufacture, which is a first in the UK – encouraging its specification on improved health and safety grounds. 

Available in thicknesses of 18 and 22mm, the 2400mm length boards come in widths of 625 and 1200mm.  They are strong enough to meet most load-bearing applications, are BBA approved and recognized by NHBC Technical. 

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 nationwide.

To find out more about West Fraser’s UK manufactured products for housebuilders, download product brochures from the housebuilder page of the West Fraser website.

For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit the website.

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