Relying on our industry leading, quality wood fiber and the analytical methodology recently developed by Fire Tower Engineered Timber’s Joe Miller, Ph.D., P.E., FraserWood can produce beams to depths of 48″ and lengths of 60′, literally extending the reach of natural timbers.
The attributes of Key-Laminated Beams
– Beams are joined mechanically–not glued
– Up to 90% as efficient as solid wood
– Depths up to 48″ and lengths up to 60′
– Craftsman-style appearance
– Custom configurations available, including columns
– PEFC certification available
Port Orford Cedar
Western Red Cedar
Exceptional strength and enhanced appearance
To create Key-Laminated Beams, we join HeartDry™ solid-sawn timbers along their lengths using “keys.” (For these beams to behave as designed, all the components must be dry.) Typically, the keys are hardwood wedges, joined transversely to the adjacent timbers to transfer shear and limit interlayer slip. Properly designed and engineered, Key-Laminated Beams are up to 90% as efficient as solid wood beams of like dimension.
Efficient use of natural resources
Key-Laminated Beams are certainly a greener option than using a solid sawn alternative of similar dimensions. The wood required for deep keyed beams can be made from smaller trees, sourced from sustainable forests.
The Craftsman-style look of Key-Laminated Beams brings a beauty equal to solid-sawn timber and superior to most glulam beams. Key-Laminated Beams can set a project apart and make the structure a striking example of quality craftsmanship.