LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) is a wood-based material, produced from coniferous wood veneers 3.2 mm thick. LVL can be successfully used as a building and finishing material. LVL is the most durable structural material made of wood in the world and seems to be the most future-oriented material. It creates a durable and extremely rugged construction of walls, floors and roofs. LVL wood is produced of multiple layers of pine and spruce veneers bonded together permanently having a thickness of approx. 3 mm.
LVL is a material easy to process, and thanks to the large surface area reduces the number of assembly connections. Another advantage is the possibility of combining it with other materials.
LVL can be an alternative to other building materials, such as reinforced concrete or brick, as it has a much lower heat transfer coefficient. In comparison with steel beams or concrete in turn has another important advantage – low weight. This translates into not only the cost of transport, work and number of employees needed for the construction, but also for the time of its implementation. Compared to solid wood has a lower susceptibility to deformation.
LVL creates a durable and extremely rugged construction of floors, walls and roofs, while minimizing the consumption of wood, as it enables its cost-effective use. It can be used as wall posts, beams, rafters or complement the construction of the wall: as the cornerstone, cap, frame, window lintel and door. Proves itself as a complement to the roof structure (purlins, ridge, plate, mayflies, ticks, board eaves, fascia board). The material is available in various thicknesses and sizes, also in the form of plates for use in drywall systems and construction systems.
LVL is available in the form of entire sheets, or cut according to customer orders. The minimum thickness of the sheet is 21mm. The maximum thickness is up to 100mm. The sheet has a width of 1250mm and a length of 20,5m.
In the past 10 years LVL consumption in Europe has more than doubled – from about 130 000 m3 to almost 300 000 m3 in 2014.
Advantages of LVL:
- high strength
- dimensional stability
- guaranteed specifications
- low weight, easy installation
- resistance in aggressive environments