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To understand what is a LVL beam otherwise known as laminated veneer lumber is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives. It is primarily used for edge-forming material, headers, beams, and rim boards. When cross-bonded for increased stiffness it can be used to form wall and LVL floor panels with load-bearing capacity. The LVL lumber is generally made of thin sheets of wood that are sandwiched and bound with super stronger glue. It is a straight, enough strong wood that fights to warp and shrink, providing great stability for projects. Although commonly only utilized as a building's secret structural element, final appearance grades are also employed.

Features LVL beams

Wood LVL beam has a "maximum allowable bending stress" of 2,800 or 3,000 psi. These structural LVL beams are made in the factory under control specifications designing it to be stronger straighter and more uniform in size. LVL beam sizes may vary according to the manufacturer but the LVL standard thickness is 1-3/4 inches to 3-1/2 inches. Laminated veneer lumber beam standard thickness are ranging from 1-3/4 inches to 7 inches. The standard LVL beam lengths are 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, and 44 feet, with custom orders going up to 60 feet.

For LVL beam size calculator you need, to calculate LVL beam depth based on the rule of thumb for estimating the depth of manufactured beams which is to divide the span in inches by 20, and the width of an LVL beam is 1/3 or 1/ 4 of its depth. LVL beam span calculator by using the thumb rule, multiply the depth of the LVL beam in inches by 20 to get the total span length in inches, divide the span length in inches by 12, resulting figure is the span of LVL beam in feet.

Advantages of LVL beam

Due to the production process, the length of the LVL is independent of log size. LVL wood beams can be manufactured in nearly any thickness, breadth, length, and moisture content. It is the perfect steel replacement in many building applications due to its extraordinarily high strength-to-weight ratio. In contrast to steel, LVL is also simple to saw and connect.

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