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Glulam is the commonly used abbreviation for Glued Laminated Timber. Glulam’s tensile characteristics make it suitable for long span, load-bearing widths, such as bridges. It is an exceptionally strong material, used for load-bearing structures where visual appearance is important. It can also be shaped, helping to form spacious buildings.

Glulam is manufactured from selected high-grade timbers using small cross-sectional boards; finger jointed and laid with the grain parallel to form larger cross sections and lengths. This produces exceptional strength to weight ratio suitable for long span load bearing structures combined with the aesthetic appeal of timber.

The versatility of Glulam is recognised as a structural building material for all market sectors. With increased demand for Off Site Manufacture and sustainable construction, Pasquill have extended our product and service offer to include Glulam. Glulam is the natural, environmentally friendly, versatile and renewable building material.

Pasquill, in collaboration with some of Europe’s largest Glulam manufacturers, is able to combine unrivalled levels of technical ability and sector understanding to provide a full structural design, supply and erection service for both Glulam structures and complete integrated solutions throughout the UK.

Features & benefits

  • Suitable for large spans
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Straight, shaped and curved forms
  • Natural beauty & appearance of timber
  • Excellent fire resistant properties
  • Resistant to aggressive chemical environments
  • Easy to handle, can be worked using ordinary tools
  • Surface can be treated
  • Sourced from well managed forests (Chain of Custody certified)
  • Recyclable
  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable, generating less atmospheric CO2 relative to other building products
  • Minimal environmental impact when manufactured
  • Thermally efficient, with better insulation properties than many other forms of building material
  • Dimensionally stable
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Technical information

  • Timber Species: European spruce (Picea Abies)
  • Glue: Melamine waterproof adhesive to EN301 Type 1
  • Dimensions: Available from stock in a range of sizes from 45mm to 240mm wide, 90mm to 630mm deep and lengths up to 15m, specialist sections above these sizes are also available for larger contracts
  • Laminations: Up to 45mm
  • Moisture Content: 12% moisture at time of manufacture, +/- a further 2% at time of delivery
  • Manufacture: In accordance with EN386/14080
  • Finishes: Stock beams, clean planed finish, untreated
  • Projects / Commissions: Clean planed finish, untreated, a base coat preservative can be applied to provide temporary protection during transportation and erection, prior to final decoration
  • All steel fittings are galvanised to BS EN ISO1461
  • Additional finishes are subject to agreement

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FAQs

How is glulam made?

Glulam is made by gluing together high grade timbers which are finger jointed and laid parallel to the grain to form even stronger lengths and cross sections.

How far can a glulam beam span?

Because of its exceptional strength to weight ratio, glulam is suitable for large spans.

Spans for glulam beams like other structural components are governed by the loads being carried. The maximum length of our standard beams is 15m but longer lengths can be supplied to special order.

What sizes do glulam beams come in?

The typical glulam beam widths used in construction are 3-1/8, 3-1/2, 5-1/8, 5-1/2, and 6-3/4 inches.

Can glulam beams be used externally?

Yes. We use Melamine waterproof adhesive to EN301 Type 1 glue and the surface and metalwork can be treated to ensure it can withstand external conditions.

Is glulam as strong as solid timber?

Glulam is stronger than solid timber as it has fewer natural defects and a wider distribution.