What is Glulam?

Glulam is a natural alternative to steel or concrete. Glulam is a natural structural material that is economical, strong and attractive looking.

By the turn of the last century, German structural design engineer Otto Hetzer presented a patent described as “a bent structural component of timber for building applications", which later became known as Glulam.

Glulam is made by gluing together – under pressure and heat – laminates of timber that have been accurately planed. The resulting product is strong, stable and corrosion proof with significant advantages over structural steel and concrete.

Glulam is made with wood from Scandinavian sustainable forests. Scandinavian forests are some of the best managed in the world, where reforestation and environmental considerations are given high priority. The trees used are usually spruce, though can sometimes be redwood or Siberian larch.

The manufacture, distribution, and treatment of Glulam all consume less energy than any other building materials. Glulam is a long-lasting material that’s easy to work with.

Glulam Ltd has the largest stock of Glulam beams in the UK.

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