Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)
Cross Laminated Timber or CLT, is an engineered product from wood, similar in construction to an extremely durable plywood, used for fabricated structural applications. From residential dwellings to apartment buildings CLT technology allows for a durable construction made from wood.
Layers of timber, known as lamellas, are glued together with the grain alternating at 90 degree angles for each layer. The exterior layers’ grains run lengthways, giving optimum strength. CLT is manufactured in a similar way to glulam, except that glulam is layered with the grain.
Cross-laminating layers of wood veneer improves the structural properties of wood by distributing the along-the-grain strength of wood in both directions, and this means that CLT panels can be used to form complete floors, walls and roofs.
While CLT is a timber product, it should not be thought of as a timber frame product – it is a timber panel product that actually has similar characteristics to that of a pre-cast concrete panel. The advantages this offers new buildings is quite exciting – timber panels are much lighter than concrete, more easily worked and easier to erect.
CLT starts from 3 layers and goes up to 7 layers for additional strength and durability properties.
Oxley Trade sources CLT panels from Europe, from manufacturers who go through a rigorous quality selection process and comply with all relevant laws and regulations. All wood is FSC and PEFC certified. Get in touch today, to find out how you can use this innovative building material in your next project!