I've been watching the OSB prices with some interest, as we're getting
ready to start construction on a new house this spring. The reasons
I've heard for the price jump are:
1) Suppliers cut back production anticipating construction slowdown
that has not occured thanks to the low interest rates.
2) US Gov bought up a huge supply to help rebuild Iraq.
3) Georgia Pacific OSB mill burned down, further contributing to the
I have no idea if these rumors are true, but they are being talked
up in many circles. If true it would indicate a "perfect storm"
leading to the high prices of late. Like all storms though, this one
should blow through given time.
Camano Island, WA
P.S. We're actually planning to use plywood on the roof and floor
decks, but may use OSB on the vertical surfaces. I live in an area
where rain is likely during the framing stage, and I'm nervous about
water sitting on the OSB. I haven't looked lately, but I'd assume if
OSB is sky-high, plywood has taken a price jump as well as builders
look for alternatives.