Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is a very high strength engineered wood products made from veneers which are bonded together under pressure and heat with quite strong adhesives. It was first developed in the 1970’s. Since then, it has widely used in construction and industry. LVL is normally applied for making frames, beams, furniture, sofa frames, bed slats, etc. Knowing advantages and disadvantages of LVL will help you wisely choose the most effective LVL type for your projects.
LVL is widely used in construction and furniture
Advantages of LVL
The biggest advantage of LVL is that although it has terrific strength, it is very light. As an engineered wood product, LVL overcomes several disadvantages of natural timber like warping and shrinking. It is considered as the best replacement for sawn timber because it is comparable to it in terms of strength.
Next, all veneers of LVL are laid up in the same direction. This leads to unidirectional and parallel arrangement. Thanks to its structure, LVL has the highest uniformity in all types of plywood and can be cut into different size depending on for what it will be used. LVL can resist vertical pressure better than other types. It is extremely durable and has good bearing capacity.
LVL has all veneers laid up in the same direction
In addition, LVL plywood uses wood resources efficiently. It can be made from different popular wood such as rubber, acacia, pine, eucalyptus, pine, etc. They are all sustainable forest products. With its aesthetic feel and eco-friendliness, LVL has been favored by new-age designers. An architectural marvel called Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain will make you admire the beauty and properties LVL. You will be amazed by its fluidity in the architecture of this floating structure.
Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain made from LVL
Disadvantages of LVL
Conversely, LVL has some disadvantages as wood composites. Enhancement of LVL’s strength by densification of veneer during the press is very limited. Although its dimensional stability is better than solid timber, the production may lead to some defects such as warping if it is not properly stored in the warehouse. So the manufacturing process of LVL plywood requires high technology and new practice techniques to ensure quality of finished products.
Weego have the ability to control our product quality through good and durable machinery, standardized process, well-trained workers and dedicated quality control teams. If you need LVL, Weego is your choice