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.