Engineered Lumber

At Channel Lumber we offer a wide variety of building materials. There have been interesting advances in the world of engineered lumber — here is a pocket guide to the specialized lumber products we carry.

  • Glue-Lam Beams – Glue-Lam (or Glulam) is typically a large structural beam comprised of layers of smaller dimensional lumber laminated to end-use specifications. Glue-lam beams have a very high strength to weight ratio, and produce far less greenhouse emissions in their production compared to steel or concrete. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Glue-Lam is that can easily be made into arches and allow more design flexibility than lumber or steel.
Glulam beams the Sheffield Winter Garden. Find out more.
  • Parallam® PSL – PSL stands for parallel strand lumber. The parallel strands are typically veneers, and other non-dimensional lumber created in the process of cutting dimensional lumber. The strands are compressed and bonded with adhesive. The strands are not more than ¼” thick, and have a length of at least 300 times the least dimension.
  • Microllam® LVL – Microllam is similar to plywood in construction. The advantages of microlam are that the dimensions are uniform and predictable, and the product is very strong. It resists warping, and can be treated for weather protection.
Microllam LVL Beams
  • Timberstrand® LSL – Timberstrand is laminated lumber comprised of smaller timber that is not straight or strong enough to produce traditional dimensional lumber. This type of lumber has many advantages: it is free of knots, does not twist or bow, and it is stable and strong.

A Tale of Two Tiny Houses

In our ongoing search for sustainable design innovation and inspiration, Channel Lumber would like to feature two top creations in the world of tiny homes.

New Frontier Tiny Homes

This cabin incorporates elements of Scandinavian and Japanese design. It was built as a writing studio for an author, and has a tangible sense of “hygge” the Danish term for comfort and coziness.  It is 250 square feet, and was built by New Frontier Tiny Homes in Nashville, and was transported to the author’s property in Malibu. Read the full article.

New Frontier Tiny Homes
An interior view of the cabin.

The next tiny home is a retreat for couple on their 200 acre ranch in Pacifica. It was built by Matt Impola. Most of the components were built from scratch. The house is energy efficient with rockwool insulation, LED lighting, energy star windows, etc. The monthly electrical bills are around $20.

Matt Impola Tiny Home
Exterior view of Impolas creation.
Matt Impola Tiny Home
Interior view of Impolas tiny home.

Channel Lumber is an industry leader in green and sustainable building, and as well supports innovation in design. For information about our products and services please contact us.