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Old 04-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Exterior lvl

Is it okay to use lvl outside if it covered. I am building a patio cover and I have heard both yes and no about using lvl for my beam. The lvl will be wrapped and will be covered by the roof. There will be a 1 ft overhang outside the beam.


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Old 04-20-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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The easiest way to find out if a specific LVL is rated for your use is to ask the lumberyard that is going to supply the LVL whether the specific LVL they are going to supply is rated for your use. The manufacturer of the LVL will have detailed documentation on exactly what uses are acceptable for their particular product, which will be controlled by the type and grade of wood they use, and the glue.


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As mentioned in your other thread on the subject, if you use a PT LVL for this application. You may be able to keep it dry with a proper coating, but it still is going to be subject to wide swings in humidity. Do it right now, or do it right later, the choice is yours.
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