When your design demands a natural-looking timber choose FraserWood’s GrainMatched™ Glulam.
The Benefits of Glue-Laminated Timber with the Natural Look of Solid-Sawn Timber
Architects, designers, engineers and builders recognize the benefits of standard glulam timbers. Their strength, dimensional stability and connection capacity can frame larger spaces while capitalizing on the warm, natural, renewable attributes of wood. For some designers, however, the random grain, coloration and glue lines of standard glulam timber can compromise the visual appeal of the structure.
The Attributes of GrainMatched™ Glulam
– Crafted from superior western woods timber
– Virtually indistinguishable from solid-sawn timber
– Able to be produced as curved or straight timber
– Exceptional strength, stability and connection capacity
– Meets all ANSI and APA requirements for glulam timber (not CSA)
– Stamped with certifying agency mark upon request
– PEFC™ certification available
Widths: Up to 10”
Depths: Up to 24”
Lengths: Up to 40’
Port Orford Cedar
Others upon request
Anatomy of FraserWood’s GrainMatched™ Glulam
FraserWood’s manufacturing process begins with superior western woods timber, which we cut into slices, or laminae, that are labeled and numbered for drying. Before drying, we grade each lamina to assure compliance with agency standards. Following controlled drying, the laminae are re-graded, planed, then re-assembled in their orignal position, and glued with a water-resistant, clear adhesive. The result is a glulam that is almost identical to solid-sawn timber in appearance, but stronger and more dimensionally stable. Lastly, we can stamp the GrainMatched™ Glulam with the certifying agency mark, confirming to all parties that it meets the project requirements.
Straight or Curved
A singular capability of all glue-laminate timber is the potential to produce a curved timber. While curved timber segments can be cut out of larger timbers, this approach wastes fiber and reduces strength. For some radii of curvature and some lengths, it’s not possible to obtain timbers large enough. FraserWood’s GrainMatched™ Glulam can be manufactured to most curvature, depth and length combinations, generating beautiful, certifiable results while adhering to strict standards.