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Species and Grades

Glulam Wood Species and Appearance Grades

We offer a variety of options that affect the finished appearance, strength, and longevity of our glulam products - from raw materials to coatings. Here is an overview of the variables that should be specified for your next glulam job.

Raw Materials

Wood Species
Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) makes up the majority of our work. It is our material of choice for economy and strength - and is highly recommended for curved members. Douglas Fir, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Red Maple, and other species are also available.

Treated Lumber

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Forest Stewardship Council™ Certification

We are Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) chain-of-custody certified, making us the right choice for LEED certified projects. FSC® material must be specified. 

Appearance Grades

Appearance grade refers to visible knots and defects on the wood surface. One of the following grades should be specified:

AITC Premium

For jobs where appearance is of critical importance. Allows only very small knots and voids on exposed surfaces. Any other voids and defects are plugged with clear wood inserts, not just wood filler.

AITC Architectural

The most common appearance grade for Unalam jobs. Ideal for exposed projects, where the appearance of natural knots and small voids in the wood is acceptable. Any other voids and defects are plugged with clear wood inserts, not just wood filler.

AITC Industrial

For projects where glulam will be hidden from view or appearance is not critical. Sides of members are planed, but voids or other defects on the edges of laminations are not repaired. 

 

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