An Introduction to Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)

An Introduction to Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)

Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is an engineered wood product that is widely used in the construction industry.  When you need heavy support for a special project (like a ceiling during a home renovation), you can’t just go to any old store and get any old, thin wood product. The thousands of pounds of pressure would break that wood almost instantly! You would need a strong, special wood product for the structural support. Therefore, we carry Boise Cascade’s LVL!

LVL Structure and Use

Laminated Veneer Lumber is a wood-based product, usually built with composition materials like plywood, lumber, or oriented strand board. Due to the composition of LVL, it is used in many structural applications, making it very popular in the construction industry (as we mentioned before). You can find LVL as material in any of the following products:

  • I-joists
  • Headers
  • Rim boards
  • Truck bed decking
  • Roadway signposts
  • Beams
  • Truss
  • And many more customized applications!

Boise Cascade LVL Benefits

Boise Cascade is a highly respected manufacturer and distributor of building materials. They believe in relationships and the pursuit of excellence. In the pursuit of excellence, one thing that they must provide to become an industry leader is engineered wood products, or in this case, Laminated Veneer Lumber. 

Versa-Lam® LVL

Versa-Lam LVL is Boise Cascade’s beams and headers. These wood veneers lead the industry in bending strength and E-value (elasticity). This product offers the best value over any other beams and headers that you can find anywhere else. Whether it be residential, commercial, or any other structural applications, Versa-Lam LVL beams and headers are up to the task. 

Versa-Stud® LVL

Looking for an engineered wall stud that is strong, sturdy, and straight? Look no further. The Versa-Stud LVL provides consistent results. It is engineered for industry leading performance standards. According to Boise Cascade, Versa-Stud LVL is ideally suited for tall walls, stairwells, large window walls, and walls with cabinets or tile.

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