Engineered wood products

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With engineered timber becoming an increasingly prevalent component in construction, it is important for members of the construction industry to understand not only the benefits and properties of Engineered wood products, but also the different types.

With modified wood products being improved upon on a seemingly daily basis, this choose and use sheet looks at some of the more common timber products now available in the UK, including Glulam, Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), I-beams/I-joists, Solid Wood Panels (SWP) as well as flooring, board and joinery materials.


  • Structural Engineered Products
  • The key benefits of EWPs
  • Glulam
  • Uses for glulam
  • Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)
  • Uses for LVL
  • Timber I-beams or I-joists
  • Solid Wood Panels (SWP)
  • Other engineered wood products
  • Flooring
  • Board materials
  • Joinery materials

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