The standard truss configurations listed here can be fabricated by using straight Glulam (glue laminated) beams. These beams, supplied by certified Glulam manufacturers, are fabricated by gluing multiple layers (laminations) of solid wood (typically 0.25” – 1.5” thick) into a large beam. SWC can fabricate trusses using straight Glulams of sizes similar to solid wood beams, or utilizing Glulams of much larger dimensions.
Exposed beam trusses fabricated with Glulam material have a refined appearance and are supplied for both commercial and residential installations. Load carrying capacity is generally higher for Glulam trusses when using members similar in dimension to solid beams. Because Glulam beams can be fabricated to much larger sizes than solid timbers, fabrication of significantly larger trusses for commercial or institutional buildings is possible, and SWC has supplied a number of oversized Glulam trusses.
Many of the Glulam manufacturers who make straight Glulam beams can also manufacture custom curved Glulam beams for use in the fabrication of small or large structural arches and trusses. Arches may be installed alone, or combined with other members as part of an overall truss assembly. These are frequently used in buildings such as church sanctuaries or athletic facilities and Structural Wood Components has experience engineering these components, sourcing the material, and fabricating the trusses.