Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is also called as composite wood, manmade wood or manufactured wood. These products are manufactured by binding strands, particles, fibre’s or veneers of wood together with a strong adhesive. These include plywood, hardboard, particle board, veneer sheet, oriented strand boards, Glulam, etc. These products are manufactured to make wood more easily to use for commercial purposes; be it construction, home appliances or even industrial purposes.

ADHESIVES USED FOR MAKING ENGINEERED WOOD

  • Urea-formaldehyde resins (UF): most common, cheapest, and not waterproof.
  • Phenol-formaldehyde resins (PF): yellow/brown, and commonly used for exterior exposure products.
  • Melamine-formaldehyde resin (MF): white, heat and water resistant, and often used in exposed surfaces in more costly designs.
  • Methylene diphenyldiisocyanate (MDI) or polyurethane (PU) resins: expensive, generally waterproof, and does not contain formaldehyde.

Below are some common engineered products:

 

Glued Laminated Timber :

Glued timber is a structural timber product obtained by bonding several dimensional wood sheets together by an adhesive. GLT normally consists of 4-5 wood sheets bonded together each measuring about 2mm thick. Glued Laminated Timber is also called as GLULAM.

GLULAM is manufactured from softwood as well as hardwood. They are also available in different grades. The highest quality timbers are used to create exceptional structures and low quality where strength is not critical.

GLULAM is a very versatile wood and is used for construction of excellent structures: be it for building, gymnasiums or railways. Glulam is used in construction of gymnasium, educational and recreational facilities. Indoor pools, auditoriums, etc. Due to its exceptional properties like impact resistant, water resilient and chemical resistant properties, it is used in construction of railways, bridges, pools, factories, etc. Glulam is readily available, cost effective and can be easily installed.

 

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