Why should I use Prolam Glulam instead of steel
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 - Glulam does not rust or corrode
- Cost effective - No boxing in or covering as with steel beams
- Appearance - natural warmth and beauty of timber cannot bereproduced in steel
- Will not buckle or distort in response to temperature changes
- Direct fixing of plates, joists and other connections is much easier
Why should I use Prolam Glulam instead of solid timber?
Because Prolam Glulam is manufactured from selected grade, kiln-dried material it is more stable than a sawn timber beam of the same section. The tendency of large section sawn timber to twist, split and shrink is greatly minimised in Prolam. A Prolam beam can reduce the overall section of members up to 40% compared to unseasoned timber, as they are pretensioned.
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