LVL is Laminated Veneer Lumber; a highly-engineered wood product. LVL is similar to plywood but the grain of adjacent layers of veneer is aligned in the same direction. Plywood has alternate layers aligned at right angles.
Wesbeam LVL is made from plantation timber grown in the Mediterranean climate of Western Australia. We use Maritime Pine, Radiata Pine and Karri grown in managed forests which comply with strictly-audited Chain of Custody requirements. Any part of a tree that’s not used to make LVL is either left to break down in the forest, used as mulch on the gardens of Perth or made into particle board.
Wesbeam manufactures its LVL products at a purpose-built, world-class facility at Neerabup, north of Perth. The manufacturing process involves laminating a series of plantation timbers with phenolic adhesives in a continuous assembly. All veneers are assembled with the woodgrain running along the length of the LVL. The product is then pressed as a 1200mm nominal width continuous billet in various standard thicknesses.
Wesbeam LVL is used in a wide variety of applications including floor bearers and joists, large section beams, roof construction, bottom chords in girder trusses, flanges for e-joist, support beams in concrete formwork, mass columns, walls and floors in mid-rise commercial buildings.
Wesbeam's LVL is produced from plantation timbers sourced from around Perth under a 50 year State Agreement with the Western Australian State Government. The rate of planting equals the rate of harvest ensuring a ready supply of wood fibre well into the future. During manufacture, we recover 55 to 60% of material from each log which comes into the factory. This compares favourably with hardwood at 35% and pine timber at 45 to 50%.
Our LVL products provide the building industry with a replacement for the hardwood timbers which are now becoming unavailable for such applications.
Wesbeam invests $1 million per year in the planting of maritime pine east and north east of Perth. These plantings will assist in the Government's program of reducing the salination of Western Australian farmlands.
LVL cuts, drills, nails and screws much the same as timber. However, nails should not be driven parallel to the direction of the LVL veneers.
We support our products with locally-based representatives backed up by engineering support from our head office in Western Australia.
Wesbeam structural products can be purchased from the state distribution centres of our many resellers. For your local Wesbeam office, refer to the contact details at the bottom of the page.