Glenfort Timber Engineering is one of the largest glulam timber suppliers in Ireland.
We carry a huge range of glulam beams in both softwood and hardwood species, as well as manufacturing one-off structures to suit particular projects.
Glenfort’s Glulam beams are used for a range of purposes from feature truss and ridge beams through to large span structural beams. Large glulam beams can often be seen in domestic and commercial builds such as sports complex roofs, swimming pools and more recently in several large chain supermarkets.
Basically wherever a steel or concrete structure is needed for a building, glulam could also be used.
Glulam stands for glued laminated timber. It is a type of structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant structural adhesives.
The laminating process allows timbers to be produced in a variety of shapes from straight beams to graceful, curved arches. This architectural adaptability allows glulam to extend the enduring qualities of wood into applications as varied as individual designers’ imaginations.
The natural beauty of wood is unsurpassed. Exposed structural glued laminated timber provides structures with a warmth and beauty unrivalled by other building materials.
Glulam is often chosen over steel or concrete for its appearance. Timber is often credited with creating a warm and comfortable feel in a building. There are many different species and treatments available all with their own character that can be tailored to suit requirements.
Long, clear spans and majestic soaring arches are no problem for this versatile structural material. The laminating process used to manufacture glulam enables the creation of any number of straight, tapered, and curved shapes. Graceful curved arches and beams are favoured for many designs.
Large section timber elements actually perform very well in fires. This is due to the way in which timber chars at a known rate and does not deform like steel. Fire performance of glulam has been the subject of extensive research and structural glulam members can be designed to last a certain period of time in a fire based on the rate at which it chars. Additional fire protective finishes can be used to further increase the fire performance.
The energy used to produce Glulam is six times less than the same suitable strength of steel. The laminating process allows timber to be used for much longer spans, heavier loads, and complex shapes. Glulam is two-thirds the weight of steel and one sixth the weight of concrete this means there is a benefit in building with Glenfort’s glulam structures.