When it comes to building materials, one’s options can be overwhelming at times. That’s why we aim to help our clients understand some of the most fundamental aspects when building a home. This week we tackle the debate of LVL versus solid wood window frames.
WHAT IS LVL?
Laminated veneer lumber (LVL), is an engineered wood product comprised of multiple layers of thin wood assembled together and manufactured in a controlled environment.
It is a practice of using pieces of wood to construct larger pieces by alternating the wood’s direction, then bonding the pieces together. This creates a stronger and stiffer product. It also means there is far more consistency in quality because it must meet strict standards every time.
Laminated veneer lumber has been proven to show incredible strength and stability against wind and heavy loads. It can be up to an astonishing two and a half times stronger than standard framing lumber of equivalent comparison, and therefore withstanding 100 mph or more.
The innovative laminated veneer lumber (LVL) core is humidity-resistant and is considerably less susceptible to expansion and contraction compared to a traditional solid wood core, where it is highly affected by temperature changes each season.
This is what makes LVL window frames particularly suitable for homes located near waterfronts, areas of high humidity and damp climates.
Due to the high rigidity of the product attained by the LVL property, the windows can be built in larger sizes. This technology is typically used for stable roof beams and supports due to its high load-bearing capacity and incredible strength.
I-TEC CORE BY INTERNORM
I-tec Core is a new technology for window construction created by Internorm using the laminated veneer lumber process, to design windows for you that offer even more stability, resistance and individuality.
What you can expect from our windows with Internorm’s I-tec Core technology:
- A highly robust window and unrivalled solidity
- High load-bearing capacity
- Withstands heavy loads where slim cross-sections are required
- Greater protection against moisture
- Improved aesthetics thanks to slim frame design
- Compatible with standard fittings
- Sustainable: Optimum use of wood as a material
- Unlimited selection of wood
- Ecological material — PEFC seal of approval (wood from sustainably-managed forests)
HF 410 WOOD-ALUMINUM WINDOW
This laminated veneer lumber (LVL) product is humidity-resistant and is considerably less susceptible to expansion and contraction compared to a traditional solid wood core and is therefore highly recommended especially for homes located near waterfronts and areas of high humidity.
Due to the high rigidity of the product attained by the LVL property, the windows can be built in larger sizes.
This window outperforms in terms of its strength, durability, and load-bearing capacity thanks to the I-tec Core technology. The sash and the frame are insulated with foam, further improving its energy efficiency and sound reduction.
LVL vs. Solid Wood Window Frames
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