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Glulam is often incorporated into our buildings. It’s capable of
doing the job of a steel in most situations. Most commonly used
for ridge beams or purlins, which customers often opt to leave exposed.
Laminated wood is created by gluing several uniform layers of wood
in the direction of the wood’s fibre. Before wood can be laminated,
it has to be categorised on the basis of its natural imperfections
then given a strength rating. In addition, the moisture content
of the wood is verified. Only once these checks have been carried
out are the strips of wood prepared for lamination.
Given the flexibility of individual strips of wood, Glulam can be
created in just about any shape. The strips of wood are pressed
together under high and constant pressure in a hydraulic press.
The result is a very strong and highly durable product.
Why use Glulam?
Large spans can easily be bridged using a straight or arched frame.
Glulam is a natural product; it’s environmentally
friendly and is very energy efficient when being produced in comparison
to concrete & steel.
Glulam offers excellent fire protection properties.
When exposed to fire, glulam carbonises on the outside, creating
an insulating layer. The burn-in depth of glulam is less than 20
millimetres for every 30 minutes of exposure.
Glulam is highly resistant to chemicals and will
withstand comparatively high levels of humidity.
Following preservation and the addition of a quality
finish, Glulam may also be used outside.
Two thirds the weight of steel and only one sixth
the weight of concrete. Therefore lighter to transport and handle.
The lamination process offers versatility for many
shapes & profiles not possible with solid timber or other materials.
Secondary fixings are simple with timber.
Virtually maintenance free.
Attractive appearance & characteristics of natural