Versatile, consistent & structurally sound
Radiata Pine is a plantation softwood timber grown widely throughout Australia. It is a versatile timber used for a wide range of structural and decorative applications including GLT (Glue Laminated Timber) beams or Glulam.
Radiata Pine is relatively low in density and fairly soft, making for an easy timber to fix and work with standard tools. The heartwood is light brown to yellow; the sapwood white to pale yellow, but often indistinct, resulting in a wide variety of uses. The grain is usually straight and knots in source material are fairly common. The result is a glulam beam with a consistent aesthetic appearance and sound structural properties.
Radiata Pine can be preservative treated to increase its durability as its open grain structure readily accepts H3 treatment. Vicbeams Treated Radiata Pine glulam beams are made from material that has been pre-treated ensuring full compliance with AS1604.5.2012. The university of Queensland is a great example of utilising H3 treated Radiata Pine for portals and seating partitions. Additionally, H3 treated radiata pine is also another recommended timber option for Pergola structures due to there high resistant and durability class. The Lynwood Country Club Pergola is a great project example of using the best materials for pergola structures to date.
*Please note that GL13 strength rating for Radiata pine has been changed to GL10 in 2021. Vicbeam projects before 2021 are still related to GL13 strength rating.
For more information regarding Glue laminated beams in external situations, please download this link – GLTAA DATA SHEET 2