What is Kerto LVL? A brief introduction to laminated veneer lumber
Metsä Wood’s lightweight and strong Kerto® LVL is made of softwood veneers. Load-bearing columns and long beams as well as large panels offer efficient solutions for fast, light and green construction. So what is Kerto LVL used for? And how does it differ from, say, glulam? This article will provide answers to these questions.
Kerto® LVL is a well-known product around the world. Its test production began in the 1970s at Punkaharju, Finland. Kerto LVL is Metsä Wood’s own brand and demand for it is accelerating, particularly as industrial-scale wood construction gains more of a foothold.
LVL is short for the words laminated veneer lumber.
Kerto LVL is made from the biggest logs yielded by Finnish forests. These logs are rotary peeled, and the veneers is converted into construction products with a higher added value, as well as dimensions and strength values that are in a league of their own in comparison to sawn timber.