Norbord helps create GMDL Construction’s bespoke dream homes

Creator of beautiful dream homes, GMDL is a family-run architecture and construction company which has been operating in Lanarkshire, Scotland, since 2008. Director, Louise McKay, explains the business, “It all began with an idea to build our own family home. However, due to facing many issues with unreliable tradespeople, we decided to take the challenge upon ourselves and build our dream. We realised throughout the process how difficult it can be managing the vast array of tradespeople involved in a self-build and we wanted to create a means to simplify this. With our architectural experience, we decided we would create a one-stop-shop that allow clients to design, plan and construct their dream home, extension or home reconfiguration, with the use of one company and one project manager who would deal with all aspects from planning until the keys are handed back to client.”

Norbord products feature in most of GMDL’s projects so we decided to interview Louise to explain why. As an introduction, this impressive building features market-leading CaberDek which has a tough, waterproof and slip-resistant film. This protects the panels for up to 42 days – from laying the flooring to fixing the roof when laid in accordance with fitting instructions using CaberFix Pro. The heavy-duty film protects against spilled paint and plaster and the effects of wet weather and muddy work boots.  When peeled off, the film reveals a clean surface ready for further floor covering. SterlingOSB Zero OSB 3 was used for the walls, timber frame kit, roof and internal racking.

1. Why did you choose SterlingOSB Zero?

It is a favourite of our local supplier and was a good cost alternative to using ply; and is as structurally robust.

 2. What do you like about these products?

We specifically chose CaberDek due to its waterproofing ability. It is resilient and provides a safe working deck environment whilst being left open to the elements.

3. What were the benefits of using these products over other materials?

CaberDek – the fact that we can use CaberDek in wet open environments means that it can be installed prior to the house being wind and watertight; so providing a safer working environment for those on the roof. Also, where supply lines for roofing may be delayed during Covid, for example, the reassurance that the flooring remains waterproofed provides peace of mind.

4. Where has the SterlingOSB Zero been used and what for? 

External walls on timber frame kit, roof and internal racking.

5. Do you have plans to use these materials elsewhere?

Yes, on all other upcoming projects

6. Did you find the materials easy to work with?  Were there any challenges?

The Norbord panels are easy to work with. CaberDek is easy to use and the glue is excellent.

7. Where do you purchase SterlingOSB Zero?


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To find out more about Norbord’s products for housebuilders, get in touch with Dan Clarke – email daniel.clarke(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or go to our housebuilder page for a wealth of product information.  You can even order free samples of SterlingOSB Zero and our other panels.