Are glued laminated (glulam) beams more cost effective vs. steel?

It will depend on the application. Please contact us with more details about your project and we will gladly provide a budgetary quote for comparison.

Can we visit your plant for a tour and view our materials being manufactured?

 Plant tours are always welcome. As with every manufacturing plant, projects are placed on a schedule. If personnel schedules do not match up, it is difficult to guarantee you’ll see your exact project being manufactured, or what stage of our process it will be in. We can provide tentative dates where your project will be on our manufacturing schedule and will try our best to dedicate this time to your group’s plant tour.

I want to save on drafting fees and would like to submit my own shop drawings, is this allowed?

Yes, submitting your own shop drawings it is not a problem. We do have the ability to offer engineering and shop drawings services through third party partners if needed, but as long as your shop drawings have been approved by the engineer of record, or the end user, send them over and we’ll put your project on our manufacturing schedule right away.

Can you provide all the wood to wood connectors in addition to your glued laminated (glulam) beams?

Yes, we actually prefer it. We will manufacture and sell the glulam members by themselves, but when we include the steel and hardware as a package deal, it allows us to use our steel connectors as the template for fabrication. This greatly reduces the risk of misplaced holes and ensures accuracy. Your materials will be erected on site accurately the first time around giving you the wellbeing that you will not run into timely and costly delays during construction.

Can you provide material that will earn credits through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)?

Yes, our manufacturing plant is approved to offer materials in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) which will qualify your project for LEED credits/points.

We want to design an arch with a very tight radius. How small of a radius can you manufacture?

Custom arches are our specialty. If we use ¼” plys, we can manufacture a glued laminated (glulam) arch with less than a 4’ radius. This does require additional labor and quality control on our part, but allows you to design very unique structures for your customers.

I want to build an exterior structure but I don’t want any pressure treated material. What should I use?

 The longest lasting non-pressure treated material for exterior applications will be one of our Cedar products. Western Red Cedar (WRC), Alaskan Yellow Cedar (AYC), and Port Orford Cedar (POC) all exhibit excellent natural decay resistant qualities. However, in addition to Port Orford Cedar’s natural resistance to decay, it also exhibits strength qualities that are comparable to Coastal Douglas fir. For this reason, we recommend using POC for all non-pressure treated “structural” applications. For non-structural exterior applications, all Cedar species are great choices and it will depend on your desired look. If you have exterior structural requirements that will be 100% protected from the elements i.e. covered roof trusses, Southern Yellow Pine and Coastal Douglas fir are excellent cost effective choices.


How long of a clear span can I assume using glued laminated (glulam) beams?

Each project must be engineered to meet specific load requirements. We can manufacture up to 120 lineal feet on a single glulam beam (one may assume this is our longest clear span available) but depending on the specifics of each project, it is difficult to give an accurate answer to this question. Please provide us more detail about your project and we’ll gladly assist you any way we can.

I want a long lasting pressure-treated product for my project but I don’t like the color of most pressure treated wood products. Can you provide a natural looking pressure treated product?

Absolutely! We are qualified to manufacture Southern Yellow Pine that is full length pressure-treated with Pentachlorophenol (Penta) in mineral spirits prior to lamination. Penta is the actual wood preservative and the mineral spirits is an oil that carries the Penta into the wood forming the permanent molecular bond in the individual wood cells. This option provides a very natural looking finished product while giving your structure the longest lasting life possible. We also offer products pre-treated with CCA that can be stained to your choice of colors. Contact us for the option that best fits your project.