Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT)
Nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam) is a century-old construction method that is undergoing a design renaissance. It can be found today in many historical buildings as well as in compelling new projects of all sizes, where its structural performance and design elegance come together to create inspiring spaces. Nail Laminated Timber. Image by Think Wood. The Strength of NLT NLT gets its strength and durability from the nails that fasten individual dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into a single structural element. Applications for NLT include flooring, decking, roofing and walls, as well as elevator and stair shafts. Because NLT is made of wood, it offers a consistent and attractive appearance for decorative or exposed-to-view applications. Its revival is due in large part to its domestic availability. The mass timber product does not require a dedicated manufacturing facility, compared with others like cross-laminated timber (CLT). And it can be fabricated with readily available dimension lumber, allowing project teams and manufacturers to use locally sourced materials.