Holding things up with glulam
Glulam has until recently been considered as a large-scale technology for infrastructure and large building projects. Yet a number of European producers are now extending their range into the domestic building arena. One of the leaders in the field is BMF and TTF member Södra Wood. Sales Manager for engineered wood products, Neil Lewis, told Timber Forum News:
“Wood is a familiar material to builders: everyone knows what to do with it. This removes any potential barriers to its use. Architects are also keen to incorporate timber for its aesthetic and environmental credentials, so we have seen our sales multiply substantially in recent years. We now carry around 60 different sizes of glulam beams which we make available through our merchant customer base as part of full load deliveries of other products. We can fulfil orders for our standard range of glulam beams in around two days. We can also turn around non-standard sizes for the architectural market in around two weeks,” he affirms.
Södra Wood holds stocks of glulam beams in both Britain and Ireland.
“Our glulam beams are mainly Pine or Spruce. Pine beams are often used where they are not seen. Spruce beams, with their more even colouring, tend to be used for internal visual situations where the aesthetic matters. People like to see the wood when it’s installed,” Neil Lewis continues. “Glulam can be used as primary structural elements, or as trimming joists around flooring, as purlins in roofing, or rim boards, or often as replacements for steel lintels.”
Glulam is made from solid timber sections assembled parallel to each other and glued together under high pressure. They combine strength, stiffness and dimensional stability, and lock in CO2 within the wood fibre.
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