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80mm Glulam Log Cabins

If you are looking for larger 80mm glulam log cabins, please follow this link.

http://www.logcabins.lv/logcabins/product-range/80mm-laminated-log-cabins.html

If planning consent is a major concern please have a look at our MASSIVE Timber Frame Range.

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Handcrafted timber houses have been built for centuries and in developed countries timber is the number one building material. Building houses with glued laminated or 80mm glulam logs is however quite a new technology. Logs for our houses are glued from C32 or C40 graded timber and then further treated mechanically planed and CNC milled.

Glulam is often chosen over steel or concrete for its appearance. Timber is often credited with creating a warm and comfortable feel in a building. There are many different species and treatments available all with their own character that can be tailored to suit design requirements.

For us it is very important to make logs with superior mechanical properties in comparison to solid sawn logs but at the same time let the building “breathe”. To achieve that we use eco-friendly adhesives that permit the air and water vapour to pass through while being inert to water.

Quality 80mm-120mm-160mm and larger glulam logs are dimensionally very stable. But to achieve that it has to be made properly in very strictly controlled environment and the raw material timber must conform to very high standards. Moisture content of the timber must be not more than 10-12%. Dried boards are planed to provide them a precise and uniform geometrical shape.

Following this technology, timber only serves as a raw material for making a glued laminated timber log which, in its turn, becomes a log for a dwelling house. Softwoods like Baltic and Siberian pine and spruce or Siberian larch are used to make 80mm glulam timber log cabins.

There are many features that make 80mm glulam logs are superior to solid logs and that includes high surface quality, structural stability, strength, thermal insulation.

All knots and other defects are eliminated from timber before it is finger joined and glued together to make up a 80mm glulam log. Our timber visual graders take C24 graded timber and mark pieces of timber that needs to be cot out before processing further. Thus increasing the strength grade up to C40. This ensures great look and strength of the final product. Structures from 80mm glulam demonstrate better strength by 50-70% than ordinary sawn timber.

When making 80mm glulam pieces timber must be positioned in a very particular way so when glued the member retains its shape and dimensions. When a house or a log cabin is built of sawn solid logs it moves because solid logs expand and contract with weather temperature and humidity change. They can even twist and warp in some cases if done wrong. That happens to some inexperienced log cabins manufacturers whose answer to complaints normally is “That’s wood it’s what it does”. Wrong! It shouldn’t. With 80mm glulam dimensional stability is easy to achieve. 80mm glulam logs do not deform, they don’t shrink, expand nor they twist or warp. This is because all occurring internal tensions compensate each other as opposites. After building a log cabin it will compress a bit however. But, a house from glued laminated timber does not need long time for settling and this enables considerable saving of building and finishing time. 

Quality 80mm glulam logs don’t develop gaps and cracks and holds constant insulation properties. Because of which 80mm glulam log cabins hold stable U value.

There was an extensive research on 80mm glulam timber fire performance. Large structural 80mm glulam sections can last longer in fire than steel. 80mm glulam logs don’t burn with open fire instead they smoulder and deteriorate slower.

Durability is another feature that can be present or not in 80mm glulam products. If timber was treated appropriately with preservatives before gluing and after that. Structures can be very durable in the most onerous of conditions. Such as swimming pools roofs where humidity and corrosive chemical concentrations are high as well as bridge constructions that can be designed to last decades with a minimum of maintenance. In timber houses such hardiness is not normally required however it can be down to specific design.

On top of all that Timber is a renewable natural resource and building timber houses is more environmentally friendly than alternatives mostly because it produces significantly less waste and requires less energy. And at the same time is mostly cheaper than concrete and steel.

Relatively higher price might look as disadvantage at first but one good thing about 80mm glulam is that it holds it value very well.

With so many good things Sayed about 80mm glulam and 80mm glulam buildings we feel obligated to warn what you should watch out for.

Some manufacturer due to lack of experience, out of simple negligence or for production time purposes can make 80mm glulam that is substandard and lack all these beautiful properties that were mentioned above. Timber used can be of low quality, individual laminates can become unglued or in some very bad cases production workers simply can’t be bothered to position timber properly. That will lead to warps and cracks and your beautiful looking timber cabin can turn to rubbish. If you are looking to buy 80mm glulam product don’t be hesitated to give us a call for a consultation.

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