Is it best to use APA rated sheathing?
I’m trying to use better quality material for building our house. I ordered plywood, specifying APA rated sheathing, the thickness category, span rating, and exposure bond classification. I ordered this in writing, and received a phone call from my lumber company confirming that the plywood would meet my specifications.
The plywood I received had stamps that were almost completely illegible. I took photos of the stamps, and emailed them to the APA organization to ask if these were valid APA stamps.
They contacted me back, saying that they were NOT APA stamps. And that the stamps were so illegible to make it impossible to confirm what certifying agency might be involved.
So, my question is: How strongly do you folks feel about using APA rated material? I had a terrible experience years ago with T-111 siding that delaminated within 2 years of application. I really don’t want to go through that again.
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