(By Balaseshan) Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (NYSE: LPX) said LP Building Products has received CE approval for four grades of LP SolidStart LVL, allowing building products maker to introduce more alternatives for traditional softwood timber into the European Market.
Manufactured from ultrasonically graded veneers and bonded with exterior grade adhesive, LP SolidStart LVL (laminated veneer lumber) delivers greater load-carrying capacity than traditional timber and provides consistent dimensions with less tendency to warp and twist.
LP SolidStart LVL comes standard with SiteCote water-resistant coating on all six faces, providing additional weather protection and minimizing problems on site.
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The CE approved products include: LP SolidStart LVL-Q Lite (1.3E), a cost-competitive alternative to LVL-Q products for rim board and wall plate applications; and LP SolidStart LVL-S Lite (1.9E), a cost-effective alternative to LVL-S for most header and beam applications.
The products also include: LP SolidStart LVL-S (2.0E), a product that fits the industry standard for LVL across most of Europe; and LP SolidStart LVL-S Plus (2.1E), an ideal product for applications requiring higher performance for a stronger, stiffer beam.
Products are available from Falcon Panel Products Limited (U.K.), MBM Forest Products Limited (U.K.), SpanoTech (Belgium), van Hoorebeke Timber (Belgium), Wyder Engineered Timber Systems Limited (U.K.), DPW Te Paske (The Netherlands – Door Stabalisers).
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LP SolidStart LVL products are created primarily from smaller, fast-growing trees. LP SolidStart LVL products are Chain of Custody (CoC) certified by both the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Schemes and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
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