Laminated Log Cabins, Good and Bad!

While trawling through different videos on supposedly quality laminated cabins,a few things caught my eye and I just want to share these with you. Firstly, if a company is selling a laminated building, you would think that while they are laminating the logs, they would remove all offending unsightly timber, knots, wane, splits etc from the logs. We as a manufacture only use as a base start C24 which is the highest grade in visual grading for KD FSC Timber, we then cut out nearly all the knots to make C32 or C40, which is a grade most companies in the UK-Europe have never heard of, never mind manufacture with. So while I was looking intensely at other companies videos I noticed something that shocked me, ( pic below) the timber has a huge long dead knot? so how is this laminated? How is it graded? And this is why there needs to be a government grading for laminated logs, as sadly glulam laminated timber is sometimes just bits of old rubbish glued together.

awful logs

terrible laminated logs

Next, looking through the same video, i noticed that one of the main supporting  beams, was as you can see from the photo coming away from the next in line above, these should be connected together with bolts. This means the roof will eventually bow. It also means that this cabin was not subjected to structural calculations, and quite possibly built using the BS 3632 code, which we have said time and time again is a joke! When buying any kind of residential building, be it Log, Laminated, or timber frame, we would always suggest putting said building through structural calcs.

terrible laminated cabins

terrible beam

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