Glulam (glued laminated timber) is a structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant structural adhesives. By laminating a number of lengths of timber, a single large, strong, structural member is produced. These structural members can be used as vertical columns or horizontal beams. Connections are usually made with bolts or plain steel dowels and steel plates.
- Glulam optimises the structural values of a renewable resource – timber.
- Glulam provides the strength and versatility of large solid timber.
- Glulam is two-thirds the weight of steel and one sixth the weight of concrete.
- Glulam can be manufactured to a variety of straight and curved configurations.
The laminated timbers give glulam its high strength and stiffness properties and because of this, glulam beams and arches are able to span large distances without intermediate columns allowing more design flexibility than with traditional timber construction.
Their size is limited only by transportation and handling constraints.
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