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Lester never takes lumber selection lightly. Our engineers use a sophisticated lumber grading system to decide what wood species, grade and strength best suits each column, girt and purlin. We know what we’re buying, because we only use stamped lumber. You’ll see your lumber grade on your final contract.
Lester uses engineered lumber when raw lumber isn’t long/big enough to meet a building’s engineered design. We manufacture and test our engineered lumber in a controlled environment. This ensures superior strength and rigidity over solid lumber.
Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)
LVL is formed by layering wood veneers with waterproof adhesives, then curing with heat. The resulting wood product has a layered cross section similar to plywood, but the plies run in the same direction.
Glue Laminated (Glulam)
Glulam is formed by gluing together stress-rated lumber laminates. To form long members, the lumber can be joined end-to-end via finger joints, or face-joined or edge-joined to form large cross sections using waterproof adhesive. Glulam is the only engineered lumber that can be formed into curved or other complex shapes.