Glulam beams are manufactured by applying glue to a collection of timber laminates, then clamping the laminates across an assembly of steel frames.
All of our non-standard sized beams are bespoke. Glulam beams can be manufactured from a range of different timbers and treated with stain, varnish, oil, and where necessary, treated with a fire retardant.
Our glulam beam supply service is broadly split into two categories –
- Imported standard straight spruce beams from Germany – currently on monthly deliveries
- In house manufacture of pretty much everything except standard straight spruce beams – ie. alternative species, oversize sections or lengths, and of course curved beams.
Stock sized imported timber
Straight spruce beams are predominantly imported from Germany monthly, with regular loads received. If you are a contractor, you can find out how to take advantage of this service here.
In house beam manufacture
Straight beams (or more simply, beams!) are manufactured using alternative species to Spruce like Redwood and Larch (Siberian and UK grown). Other timber species are available, including Douglas Fir, Oak, Ash, Sweet Chestnut and others on request.
In house manufacture is used for long span or large projects, curved beams or beams required on a shorter lead time (a two-day lead time is possible). We can manufacture straight beams in sizes up to 235mm x 1600mm x 25m.
Standard sizes for spruce, redwood and larch beams are shown below.
Click here for more technical information on species, strength grades, span tables, visual grades and connections details, or try our glulam beam price calculator.
Work in progress
The swimming pool at St John’s school in Leatherhead adopts a straight structural glulam framework topped with a glulam roof system. The completed project is a combination of over a hundred different glulam components (not including the metal tie system, nuts, bolts, screws and washers) that all work together to frame the structure and keep it in place. The glulam was left exposed as part of the interior aesthetic of the space providing a warm, natural resonance for the students and staff to both occupy and enjoy.