TimberLab is certified as a supplier of FSC material with Chain of Custody Licence: NC-COC-005630. TimberLab glulam uses plantation grown NZ Pine which is recognised as a renewable resource. With environmental responsibility being such an important criterion in measuring good design, the ability to use a completely natural and renewable material is a responsible design [...]
If your beam is going to be used in a situation where appearance is important – Appearance Grade A should be specified. Grade B is intended for use where appearance is important but a planed finish is acceptable. Grade C is intended for use in applications where appearance is not important. Grade A glulam has [...]
The Glulam standard, AS/NZS 1328-1 allocated to Glulam manufacturers in NZ specifies three grades - GL8, GL10, & GL12. These grades refer to the stiffness (E) of the beam; the most common being GL8. TimberLab is certified to produce GL8, GL10 & GL12.
TimberLab Glulam beams are provided with a coating which controls the ingress of moisture into the timber and is done before the beams leave the factory. If the beams are going to be exposed to the weather for a greater period than 8-10 weeks, a further coating should be applied. For coatings to protect beams [...]
Surface checking and splits occur as timber is allowed to absorb moisture, then dries out in response to environmental changes. Surface fibres are more severely exposed to these changes than the inner core and as a result of the movement in these fibres as they dry and shrink, surface splits may occur. Changes in atmospheric [...]
Actual delamination is a failure in the laminating process. While an opening along a glue line may be indicative of delamination, there are other more common causes. Typical checking that occurs in large section timber in response to moisture variation will most naturally occur in Glulam along a glue line where the natural continuation of [...]
Yes. Treatment to hazard class 3 (H3.2) is recommended for all Glulam beams exposed to the weather. Along with this treatment, an exterior adhesive such as resorcinol adhesive should be used. The finished beams must be suitably coated & maintained with either a penetrating sealer or paint coating. When painting or staining external TimberLab Glulam [...]
Glulam can be treated as natural solid timber when it comes to fixings. The use of standard nailing systems and bolts is normal. In exposed situations dark stains can appear from the use of unprotected steel brackets and bolts. Use galvanised metalwork where there is any possibility of moisture.
To maintain the best condition of manufactured TimberLab Glulam, proper storage and handling is important. It should be stacked well clear of the ground and protected from the elements. Stacks of beams should be covered with a weather-proof material ensuring adequate ventilation to prevent condensation building up. Avoid black polythene as this will make the [...]
Wrapping of Glulam beams is primarily to protect them from marking during handling and transport. This is not designed to be a waterproof protection. Once onsite, water can often get in under the wrapping and cannot get out. Wrapping should be slit to provide drainage.
Avoid the use of chains or hard ropes that might damage the edges of beams. When lifting, ensure the beams are evenly supported and use fabric slings properly secured to prevent any slipping. Avoid any sudden movements when lifting. Be careful not to handle and lift long beams on their weak axis – flat, as [...]
All TimberLab Glulam is manufactured to comply with Australia and New Zealand Standards. Licensed manufacturers are regularly audited to ensure compliance and quality by Bureau Veritas and issued with an individual license number. This certifies that the manufacturer's production system complies with the detailed requirements of AS/NZS 1328-1 - Glue Laminated Structural Timber.
Here are just a few reasons- Easier and lighter to handle and fix - Friendlier on the environment; stores carbon rather than emitting it - Uses NZ's only renewable construction material; plantation timber - Uses 14 times less energy to produce than equivalent steel beam - Superior Fire Resistance compared to steel - Lower maintenance; [...]
Because TimberLab Glulam is manufactured from selected grade, kiln dried material, it is stronger and more stable than a solid timber beam of the same section. The tendency of large section solid timber to twist, split and shrink is greatly minimised in Glulam. A Glulam beam can reduce the overall section of members by up [...]