Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is a structural product manufactured from thin peeled veneers of wood usually 3mm thick, glued with a durable adhesive with the grain running parallel to the main axis of the member. Panels of LVL are cut into structural members which have high strength and stiffness.
LVL is suited to structural applications such as beams, rafters and columns in a wide range of buildings including houses, commercial, industrial and rural structures. Some special LVL has a small number of veneers laid perpendicularly (cross banded).
LVL has a number of advantages over other wood-based materials:
LVL is often used to complement the use of sawn timber in domestic construction.
In commercial or industrial structures it is often used as a wood-based alternative to structural steel or reinforced concrete.
Generally LVL is chosen when sawn timber is not strong enough to do the job, or long lengths are needed.
LVL is particularly well suited to the following applications: