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Appearances and Finishes


In order to fully understand the various visual grades of glulam that are available, we have provided this industry guide.

Hand Select Premium – Lumber is pre-graded for tight knots. All voids filled, eased edges, and a fine sanded finish.

Hand Select Premium, Stain Grade – Lumber is pre-graded for tight knots. No patch or filler. Beam edges are eased and surface is a fine sanded finish.

Premium – All voids filled, eased edges, and fine sanded finish.

Architectural – All voids over 3/4″ are filled, eased edges, and fine sanded finish.

Industrial – No patch or filler. Beams have square edges and surfaces are machined finish.

Stain Grade – Pre-selected lumber, no patch, no filler, eased edges, and a fine sanded finish.

Framing Grade – Planed to nominal size, hit and miss finish.

Architectural Rough Sawn – All voids over 3/4″ filled, and rough sawn texture.

Industrial Rough Sawn – Standard Lumber, no patch or filler with a rough sawn texture.

Standard LumberNo patch, no filler, rough sawn texture.

Rough Sawn, Stain GradePre-selected lumber, no filler, rough sawn texture.Rough sawn available in light, wire brush and heavy textures.

Appearance grades in PDF

Glulam Appearance Classifications for Construction Applications

QB also offers beams that are pre-stained at the manufacturing facility to allow a finished look on fast track projects. Colors and specifications are flexible to meet the customer and project needs. A variety of finishes are available for the perfect look for you project.