Residential Construction

Glulam in residential constructionGlulam in residential construction is

  • Cost competitive with other engineered wood products
  • Manufactured in I-joist compatible depths
  • Inventoried locally in common framing sizes
  • Excellent strength properties compatible with value engineering
  • Dimensionally stable product that resists cupping and swelling
  • A sustainable product manufactured from a renewable resource
  • The most versatile engineered wood product on the market

I-joist compatible glulam beamsUsing 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 floors 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.

Glulam window headerGarage 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.

Glulam ridge beam in residential constructionUsing 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.

Glulam garage headerOpen 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.


C415Glulam Floor Beams, C415

Contains span tables for glulam floor beams in residential construction, tables for substituting glulam for steel beams, and design details.

C410Glulam Garage Door Headers Offer Design Options, C410

Connection details and installation recommendations for glulam in residential garage door framing.