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Oakworth Timber Engineering

Oakworth Homes Limited
Sustainable Building Centre
35 Handsworth Road
Handsworth
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S9 4AA

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Tel: 01142 611150
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Registered No: 05794976
VAT No: GB 886 3894 53


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Engineered Laminated Beams - Versalam

VERSA-LAM® provides the foundation for the SIMPLE FRAMING SYSTEM®. Manufactured by bonding high-specification rotarypeeled timber veneers to create huge billets of engineered wood, VERSA-LAM® is one of the strongest and most reliable engineered wood products available in the UK today.


VERSALAM Beam

Available in a wide range of sizes, VERSA-LAM® is an excellent partner for BCI® Joists in the SIMPLE FRAMING SYSTEM® and can also be used for a variety of purposes including floor and roof beams, lintels, purlins, columns, studs, door stock, and more.

VERSA-LAM® is popular amongst timber frame designers and manufacturers with a range of sizes suitable for timber frame as well as masonry construction.

Boise leads the world in new veneer technology. Our Product Development Team continuously researches new veneer species and bonding techniques to further push the boundaries of engineered wood products.

 
VERSA-LAM® is one of the strongest and most reliable engineered wood products available in the UK today.

VERSALAM Rim

VERSA-LAM® is available in a 38mm width for use as a high grade rim board in timber frame applications. It can also be used as a stairwell closue and in certain beam applications.

VERSA-LAM® has been specially developed to withstand high compressive stresses perpendicular to the grain. This makes it ideal as a rimboard in timber frame construction ot transmit the vertical loads from load-bearing walls through the floor construction to the load-bearing walls below.

The use of VERSA-LAM® can reduce the need for squash blocks in high load applications. VERSA-LAM® is available in a range of depths to suit the other components in the SIMPLE FRAMING SYSTEM®.

 
VERSA-LAM® is available in a 38mm width for use as a high grade rim board in timber frame applications.

VERSA-LAM® Beam Specifications

Five beam series available in thicknesses of 38mm, 45mm, 89mm, 133mm and 178mm, and in depths ranging from 89mm to 508mm

Materials and Manufacture

VERSA-LAM® SP LVL comprises laminated Southern Yellow Pine veneers, whilst VERSA-LAM® DF LVL comprises Douglas-Fir veneers. The veneers are bonded together with waterproof structural adhesives with the grain running parallel. Each veneer is 2550m long, being lap jointed internally and scarf jointed on the face plies. The joints are staggered by at least 125mm.


Quality Assurance

VERSA-LAM® is approved for use in the UK by the British Board of Agrément and is manufactured under a factory production control system audited on a monthly basis by a third-party inspection agency.


Sizes

Whilst VERSA-LAM® can be manufactured and supplied in billets up to 1.2m x 1.2m x 20m long, it is typically available in thicknesses of 38mm, 45mm, 89mm, 133mm and 178mm, and in depths ranging from 89mm to 508mm.


Tolerances

The tolerances (in mm) on member sizes are:

  • Beam length.......................... ±3.2mm
  • Beam height.......................... ±3.2mm
  • Beam thickness......................±1.6mm

Moisture Content

VERSA-LAM® will arrive on-site with a moisture content of 8% to 10%. In a Service Class 1 environment (as defined in BS5268-2:2002), it will attain an equilibrium moisture content of 10%, whilst in a Service Class 2 environment, it will reach a final equilibrium moisture content of 12% to 14%. In similar environments, solid timber will reach an equilibrium moisture content of 12% and 18%, respectively, having typically been delivered to site at approximately 18% to 24% moisture content.


Preservative Treatment

VERSA-LAM® is an untreated product with a natural durability sufficient to ensure a minimum design life of 60 years when installed in a Service Class 1 or 2 environment and not subject to mechanical damage or insect attack. Preservative treatment should not be undertaken without consulting Boise Engineered Wood Products Engineering, as this may affect the structural integrity of the product.


VERSA-LAM® Beams are approved for use under the UK Building Regulations by The BBA

Please browse our website for more information about Timber Engineered Products, I-Beams, I-Joists & Laminated Beams then contact us on 01142 611150 or e-mail us on enquiries@oakworthtimberengineering.co.uk.



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