Weight of Glulam and LVL Beams
Roof Online Staff
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About These Glulam and LVL Weight Tables
The following tables provide the approximate weight (dead load, self-weight) for two types of engineered wood, glulam and LVL beams, used in building construction in the U.S.
The tables provide the weight per cubic foot as well as the weight per linear foot for various dimensions of each material.
Weights for plywood, OSB, and other engineered wood panels can be found here.
The weights we give were calculated using the product data sheets or manufacturer specifications of actual engineered wood products.
However, the values given in the tables are meant to provide a general idea of typical weights for engineered wood, and should not be used if precise values are needed for critical engineering calculations.
We also provide weights for dimensions (e.g., per 1/4 inch) that are not actual dimensions of any real LVL or glulam beam. We did this to make it easier to calculate weights for custom beam dimensions that don’t have published standard weights and are not listed in the tables.
When precision is necessary, always refer to the specification sheet for the actual, specific product you intend to use, or contact the technical department of the manufacturer.
Further Information about Glulam and LVL Beams
To learn more about glulam and LVL, we highly recommend that you visit the website of the APA - the Engineered Wood Association. They have detailed information about engineered wood applications, beam sizing, design tables, product guides, and more.
You will have to create a free account with them in order to access the publications (in pdf) that contain the most detailed information.
Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam) Weight Chart
For technical data covering the physical properties of every sort (and size) of glulam beam, including weight per foot and allowable loads, see Glued Laminated Beam Design Tables.