There are many options outside of the conventional wood timber that you can choose from; Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), Glued Laminated Timber (Glulams) and Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL).
LVL is most commonly used for support beams in an interior project and is strong, economical choice for a non-appearance grade.
Glulams are best described by taking dimensional boards (2x’s) and stacking and gluing them together to engineer a beam for your projects. While this type of beam is an attractive alternative, we still recommend a traditional Douglas Fir beam over a Glulams.
PSL is a long veneer strands laid in a parallel formation that is bonded together with an adhesive to engineer a beam for consumers. While this type of beams are strong, it must be covered since it is not engineered for appearance or exterior purposes.
If you still have questions and want to learn more, give us a call to learn more about timbers and beams and their alternatives.