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Frequently Asked Questions

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When placing bolts, nails, or other fasteners, do I need to be concerned with the location of bond lines?

Adhesives used in structural glued laminated timber (glulam) are engineered to be as strong as the wood substrates which they bond. They are subject to stringent manufacturing requirements and rigorous qualification testing prior to acceptance for use. Additionally, tests for strength and durability are performed in the laminating plant on a daily basis. These measures result in an adhesive bond with strength and durability comparable to the wood itself. Consequently, fasteners such as bolts and nails can be placed without regard to the location or orientation of bond lines.

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