Glulam Beams and Structures
Glulam - what does it stand for?
Glulam stands for Glued Laminated Timber manufactured to BS EN 386 and BS EN 390, with glued end joints to BS 5268 part 2 Clause 3.4. This timber is mainly from Scandinavian sustainable forests. The tree is usually spruce, though can sometimes be redwood or Siberian larch.
Glulam – why use it?
Glulam beams can be used instead of steel in a building structure, with the following distinct advantages: -
- Glulam, like all timber possesses insulation qualities so when used within a building structure it helps to eliminate the thermal bridge between structure and sub structure.
- Glulam is recognised, as renewable, environmental friendly resource of material, due to the energy used to produce it is six times less than the same suitable strength steel.
- Glulam is pleasing to eye in its natural state and doesn’t need cladding like steel.
- The use of Glulam is diverse; it can be used as rafters, lintels, floor beam, columns or decking and manufacture easier than most other structural materials. The structural capabilities are endless and over the years since it was first patented it has been used for bridges, swimming pools, large open planned office blocks and sports halls as the primary structure
- Compared to steel or concrete, Glulam’s weight is far lower, thus enabling it to be transported and erected cheaper and more cost effectively.
Glulam is and will be an engineered material of the future and it is our aim for New World Timber Frame to be at the forefront of that technology
SO what we can do for you?
WE CAN supply glulam in a range of quantities from a single beam to lorry loads.
WE CAN design and supply in all structural applications, like portal frames and roof trusses.
WE CAN incorporate glulam into any of our timber frame structures for strength and aesthetic features like open roof galleries, trusses and balconies.
WE CAN offer full site installation