Introduction to Glulam Structures

Glulam, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Timber Structures

What is Glulam?
Glulam is an abbreviated term that stands for glue-laminated timber (GLT). A glulam is a structurally engineered product made up of several layers of solid wood, bonded together with a special adhesive to form a solid, single unit.

Many Architects have used this material in their designs as its application is versatile, has advantages over using traditional materials, and is aesthetically beautiful in appearance. It is also:-

  • Very efficient to produce
  • Has superior earthquake resilience
  • Highly resistant to fire
  • Adjustable
  • Lightweight compared to traditional building materials enabling ease of installation
  • Has a variety of colour ranges
  • Has a credible sustainable carbon footprint
  • Suitable for many structural applications as it can be manufactured straight or curved
  • Used for large section sizes and long lengths.

Macalloy involvement in Glulam and CLT structures

Macalloy are involved in all aspects of the design, manufacture, and supply of tension rods and fittings for use in glulam timber structures.

Our Macalloy product range, used in glulam and timber structures includes:

  • Macalloy 460, 520 and 550 architectural bars systems
  • Cross couplers
  • Turnbuckles
  • Connection discs

We have extensive experience and knowledge of working with contractors, engineers and architects and steel erectors.

Steel tension rods solve the age-old problem of roof construction; they prevent the walls from splaying out as the roof is loaded with wind or snow. The exceptional strength of glulam makes it well suited for use in the load-bearing structures of buildings with long spans when an architectural natural finish is required. The rods can even be concealed within the timber truss members. By doing this, the large tensile loads can be resolved.

Here we are showcasing a few of the projects that Macalloy have been involved in. Versatility is a key feature of Macalloy products, but Macalloy architectural systems complement the design of the stunning features of glulam architecture.

Glulam and timber structures FAQ's