Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) Are you aware of the product and it’s characteristics? Here’s a quick primer, ready or not here it comes in a neighborhood close to you.
According to the manufacturer, Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is a vast improvement over solid wood beams. Problems that naturally occur as solid sawn lumber dries – twisting, splitting, checking, crowning and warping – are greatly reduced. And pound for pound, LVL has more load-carrying capacity than solid sawn lumber. The result: a building material that is more reliable, high-performing and useable than traditional lumber.
LVL is made from ultrasonically and visually graded veneers arranged in a specific pattern so that naturally occurring defects have no concentrated effect on the beam’s performance. The veneers are then bonded together under pressure and heat with waterproof adhesives. LVL beams are exceptionally strong, solid and straight making them exceptional for most primary load-carrying beam applications.
Manufacturer promoted Laminated Veneer Lumber Benefits:
- Consistent, reliable performance
- No major strength-reducing defects
- High allowable bending stress
- Easy to cut and nail
- Can be used as columns or studs with proper engineering
- Accepted by all major building codes
LVL is available in three bending strengths: 2950Fb 2.0E, 2650Fb 1.9E, and 2250Fb 1.5E, and in lengths up to 60 feet.
· 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ thicknesses are standard,
· with billet thicknesses of 3-1/2″, 5-1/4″ and 7″ available in 2950Fb 2.0E.
· LVL comes in a wide range of depths including;
o 22″ and
· In addition to the standard natural finish, a water-resistant coating called SiteCote™ is available for extra weather protection during construction.
· LVL is accepted by all major code evaluation agencies including: BOCA, CCMC, DSA – California, HUD, ICBO, LA City, New York City, New York State, SBCCI and Wisconsin.
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