LVL is a popular engineered wood material with many applications. It can replace sawn timber with many advantages. LVL is widely used in construction industry for both industrial and civil projects.
What is LVL
LVL stands for Laminated Veneer Lumber which is an engineer wood product. It is made from many thin layers of wood sheets which are bonded together by a specialized glue under pressure.
Manufacturing process of LVL
Advantage of LVL
LVL has some key benefits that make it a favorable alternative to sawn timber. It can be made from various materials: rubberwood, poplar, pine, acacia, eucalyptus, etc. They are all short-lived tree species. Therefore, LVL is an eco-friendly product.
In addition, LVL is customizable and can control the specification. It can be produced in almost dimension, moisture and uniform. The length of LVL does not depend on the log size but the manufacturing technique.
Moreover, LVL has very high strength and light weight. It is also quick and easy to install. Compared to other types of plywood, LVL is less prone to warping or shrinking. Its price is usually lower than solid timber and other wood-based products.
Disadvantage of LVL
LVL has some disadvantages as wood composites. Enhancement of its strength is very limited. If it is not well stored in the warehouse, it may face some defects like warping and delamination. Therefore, it requires high manufacturing process and good workmanship to have stable quality LVL.
Application of LVL
With its advantages, LVL has many applications. It can be used to replace the milled lumber in lintels, beams, sub flooring and roof across residential and commercial building projects, pallets, making furniture frame such as sofa frames, bed slats, etc.
LVL making bed slats
LVL making sofa frames
LVL house framing
LVL making pallets