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Glulam (Timber)

Glulam (Timber)


What is glulam?

Glulam is a type of engineered wood product made from wood laminations bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant adhesives. The grain of all laminations runs parallel with the length of the wood member.

How is glulam made?

Glulam is made from a wide variety of species such as Douglas-fir, spruce-pine-fir (SPF), and western hemlock. Beams and columns of virtually any size and shape are fabricated by laminating three or more kiln-dried, stress-tested, and finger-jointed lumber together to form continuous laminations. These laminations are pressed together using a mechanized, hydraulic press, and bonded with weather-resistant adhesives. Pressure treatment is used for exterior applications. Glulam can be customized as straight, curved, arched, and tapered members.

glulam building

Quacent’s Glulam:

Quacent has excelled in the production of glulam, which is a type of engineered wood product that is created by bonding together multiple layers of wood. With our long history of experience creating successful projects using glulam, we have decided to officially introduce this product into our wider product line. This is a significant step for Quacent and demonstrates our commitment to innovation and providing top-quality products to their customers.

High-Quality Glulam (Glue Laminated Timber) made from Douglas Fir features rich red and yellow tones and moderate outdoor durability. It provides robust design values and an excellent finished product.

What is glulam used for?

As one of the oldest and most widely used mass timber products, glulam has a broad range of applications and is used in virtually all building types. Beyond buildings, it is also used as the primary material for major load-bearing structures such as bridges, canopies, and pavilions. It can be used as columns, straight or curved beams, and affixed side-by-side to form panels. It is particularly well-suited for long-spanning structures, custom curvilinear shapes, and can be combined with hybrid assemblies and building systems.

glulam sample
quacent glulam factory

Areas of use include:

  • Roof truss and roof structures, even in exposed areas

  • Posts and beams

  • Ceiling structures or as a support grid system

  • Flooring

  • Door and window frames

Advantages of Douglas Fir Glulam:

  • Known for being the most robust among softwood varieties

  • High strength (equal to GL32)

  • Can be used outdoors (may require pressure treatment)

  • Standard size

  • All pieces are sanded

  • Resistant to decay and moisture

  • Chemical-free

quacent glulam project


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