The rapid development in recent years of timber engineering has resulted in many high-performance engineered timber products coming onto the market. One of these is glued laminated timber, more commonly known as Glulam. The benefits of the exceptional strength to weight ratio that Glulam offers makes it especially suitable for use in the load bearing structures of buildings and roof systems with long spans and especially where architectural beauty is a pre-requisite.
A glued laminated engineered timber (Glulam) component consists of small cross-sectional boards, laid so that the grain is parallel to the horizontal axis. Selected high grade timbers are located on the outer flange zone to give higher strength Glulam. The laminates are end-jointed by the process of finger jointing and therefore each individual laminate acts as a continuous structure.
Glulam engineered timber is used for its versatility and strength whilst its natural colouring gives a light and gentle touch to our structures. Glulam engineered timber can be produced to individual shapes, and can be straight or curved to achieve greater aesthetics for that truly unique and bespoke structure. Glulam has been used structurally to great commercial advantage across mainland Europe, USA and Australasia for more than 50 years.