// Glulam Specialist

Why Glulam

Glulam is the most environmentally friendly product for long-span structural use. As well as being very efficient to produce – the energy required to produce a glue-laminated beam from the log is only a fraction of the energy required to produce steel or concrete – it can also be reused or recycled. Glulam has superior earthquake resilience, withstands aggressive environments, and is more predictable in a fire than any other structural construction material. About its weight, glulam is one of the strongest construction materials. Glulam can be made into virtually any shape. Section sizes are almost limitless and usually, the only constraints are access and transport. The total cost of glulam construction is often lower than other construction materials and can be worked with simple hand or machine tools. The only maintenance required when used internally is that required by any surface coatings applied.


What is a glulam beam?

Glulam is a stress-rated engineered laminated timber beam. Composed of wood laminations, that are bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant adhesives.



What does engineered wood mean?

Wood that has been processed into boards (laminations) and bonded together, it’s laminations offers increased strength than that of solid wood.



Is glulam load bearing?

Glulam’s tensile strength makes it suitable for long spans. It is an exceptionally strong material used for load-bearing structures where visual appearance is important.



What does tensile strength mean?

When the glulam is under tension, it is known as tensile. The forces that are acting along the axis of force are responsible for the stretching of the material. The external force per unit area of the material resulting in the stretch of the material is known as tensile stress.



Are glulam beams flammable?

Glulam is known for its inherent ability to withstand the effect of fire. It has a superior fire resistance rating when compared to steel.



How sustainable is glulam?

Glulam beams are very efficient to produce, using only a fraction of the energy of steel and concrete Repairability is high and parts of a glulam beam or post can be replaced if necessary.



Do glulam beams warp?

Glulam beams are exceptionally stable and do not shrink, warp, or twist over time as solid wood beams can. This makes them suitable for use in areas where the beams will be subjected to changes in humidity or temperature.



Can glulam beams be used instead of steel or concrete?

Glulam is available curved or straight, producing an attractive canopy that allows you to create stunning structures with unique designs. There is potential in any steel or concrete structure to create an alternative using Glulam as the primary structural material.


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