LVL should be preservative treated to ensure it lasts its full service life as it is manufactured from a range of hardwood and softwood timber species. For termite and rot resistance, LVL can be treated to H2 standards. For a lower cost alternative can be manufactured with a bifenthrin glue line additive which provides termite resistance but is only suitable for use south of the tropic of Capricorn.
Australia is close to understanding the quantity of engineered wood products it uses each year. New trade data shows – for the first time – the volume as well as the value of LVL, Glulam, CLT and I-Beams imported to and exported from Australia and New Zealand and in fact, most countries around the world. The data is still thin – we only have one month at hand right now (January 2022) – but it will be less than a year and the trends will be clear.