Benefits of LVL

Wesbeam LVL, the versatility of wood with the strength of steel.

Wesbeam LVL is an energy-efficient building material and has an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio making it the ideal substitute for steel in many construction applications.

It's engineered to be strong and straight and can be used as a replacement not only for steel but also for traditional hardwoods which are sourced from old growth forests in the south-west of Western Australia or South East Asia.

The Strength of Steel

Wesbeam LVL has a high strength-to-weight ratio due to the properties of Maritime Pine combined with our unique engineering and manufacturing process. This makes it a suitable replacement for steel in many structures. LVL is easy to work with and reduces the overall amounts of material needed in a project.

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Consistency Means No Surprises

The Coefficient of Variation (COV) is the degree to which a product varies in deflection along the length of any one piece. Wesbeam LVL has as COV of 9% which is favourably comparable with steel’s 7% COV. The COV of traditional milled timer can vary from 25 to 38%.

This low COV means Wesbeam LVL products behave consistently with high levels of performance predictability so there are no surprises. 

Lightweight for Safer, Easier Handing

Wesbeam LVL is up to 30% lighter than an equivalent piece of hardwood making it easier and safer to work with. Often, mechanical lifting isn’t necessary which speeds up the construction process.

Wesbeam LVL also has smooth, chamfered edges for safe, splinter-free handling.

Better Cost Control

Wesbeam LVL is easily sawn and connected unlike steel which requires specialist equipment to cut and weld. And being Australian-made, it’s quarantined from exchange rate fluctuations giving builders greater certainty and control over building costs.

A nationwide network of suppliers means materials can be delivered onsite with very short lead times.

Longer Lengths for Bigger Spans

Standard Wesbeam LVL is available in lengths up to 13.2 metres and longer custom lengths can be manufactured on request. The design flexibility of LVL - and the variety of sizes readily available - gives builders the potential of less wastage.

Sustainably-Managed Timber is One of the Most Environmentally Friendly Materials Available

Construction using concrete and steel contributes around 40% of the world’s carbon emissions. Steel is made from iron ore - a non-renewable resource - using vast quantities of irreplaceable fossil fuels such as oil and gas.

All Wesbeam products are manufactured from renewable, plantation grown trees. Trees grow on solar energy whilst absorbing carbon dioxide and make a net nitrogen contribution back to the soil. So it’s win-win for the environment. 

Plantation timber is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable; and its production and processing are energy efficient. Trees store carbon and structures made from Wesbeam LVL help to reduce carbon in our atmosphere.