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Glue-laminated (glulam) beams are available in a variety of different timbers as they use dry smaller section source material – Ash, Chestnut, Oak, Douglas Fir and spruce are all available. They are planed, straight and clean lined, have very few surface anomalies, are extremely stable and wont shrink, crack or shake, and they can be easily treated with decorative finishes .
Carpenter Oak have completed several projects using this material and are excited by the alternatives it offers.
Glulam beams are available in a huge lengths and sections. Engineers tend to love them as they are very uniform, stable and predictable which suits their structural analysis techniques. For this reason they are often used in large scale building projects such as public buildings. They suit modern, contemporary buildings but are often referred to as the timber equivalent of steel beams.