Glulam in residential construction is
- Cost competitive with other engineered wood products
- Readily available in common framing sizes
- Excellent strength properties compatible with value engineering
- Dimensionally stable product that resists cupping and swelling
- Manufactured in I-joist compatible depths
- A sustainable product manufactured from a renewable resource
- The most versatile engineered wood product on the market
Using I-Joist Compatible Glulam
When the depth of the glulam matches the depth of the I-joists it is supporting, it is called an I-joist compatible glulam or IJC beam. IJC beams are supplied in depths of 9-1/2", 11-7/8", 14", and 16", to match the depths of I-joists used in residential construction. This allows ceilings to be framed flush, with no need for extra furring out. These members are also supplied in widths of 3 1/2" and 5 1/2" to match conventional 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 wall framing.
Garage and Window Headers
Glulam is an ideal choice for garage door heders and headers over both large and small window openings. The strength properties of glulam headers, combined with their availability in common framing widths, makes them well-suited to these key structural applications.
Using Glulam For Ridge Beams
The open, airy designs and high ceilings common in residential construction today make glulam the perfect choice for ridge beam applications. They can span long distances and carry virtually any design load. Sloping glulam rafter beams are the perfect complement to ridge beams in exposed applications.
Open Space Design With Glulam
The strength and durability of glulam beams make them an ideal choice for large, open designs where long spans are required. Glulam beams, arches, and trusses can be used in a host of design configurations.
In residential construction, the strength of glulam allows for long spans without intermediate supports in garage door headers, floor beams, and ridge beams. For the designer, the capability to achieve longer spans makes it easier to achieve the open, airy designs and high ceilings that are popular in today’s homes.
Longer Spans Offer Buyer Benefits
In this application, a glulam supports the second floor I-joist framing. The glulam beam was chosen for its size, strength and availability. A two-car garage is directly below the upper story room and the glulam beam allows a long clear span with no intermediate supports. Conventional solid-sawn timbers or other structural framing members would not have been able to span the necessary distance without additional support, and eliminating the need for a post in the middle of the garage means there’s more room to open and close car doors and maneuver vehicles.
Glulam Floor Beams, C415
Contains span tables for glulam floor beams in residential construction, tables for substituting glulam for steel beams, and design details.
Glulam Garage Door Headers Offer Design Options, C410
Connection details and installation recommendations for glulam in residential garage door framing.