Element is a leading expert in the testing of the mechanical and structural performance of both timber and a diverse range of timber-based products.

We operate a UKAS accredited timber testing services laboratory (No. 1762) in High Wycombe UK, that specializes in providing independent testing for a range of timber and timber-based products to BS, EN and ISO standards. Our expertise incorporates bending testing to EN 408 for a wide range of structural timber products, as well as classification of performance to EN 384 for strength graded timber.

Our timber testing services measure the mechanical and structural performance of timber and other engineered wood products and systems, that include:

  • Composite wood based products e.g. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL)
  • Finger-jointed structural timber
  • Glued laminated timber (glulam)
  • I-joists and engineered wood box-sections
  • Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL)
  • Metal web beams
  • Solid timber
  • Wood-based and other panel types

We also test a wide range of ancillary products, such as:

  • Biomass and wood waste
  • Board and panel products
  • Cladding and decking
  • Coatings and surface finishes
  • Fasteners, connectors and adhesives
  • Flooring and floor systems
  • Joist hangers
  • Plywood (e.g. plywood bond testing)
  • Screed compounds

Our timber testing facility at High Wycombe (UK) is a Notified Laboratory for testing the structural properties of dowel type fasteners, such as screws, nails and staples, and can therefore provide Initial Type Testing (ITT) services for fastener manufacturers seeking to CE mark their products.

Timber Testing for Performance

We also provide a wide range of timber testing services to determine whether a product demonstrates compliance with a particular standard or specification or to provide reassurance that the product will perform as expected in specific environments or end uses.

These tests includes:

  • Abrasion resistance
  • Density
  • Hardness
  • Long term exposure tests
  • Moisture content
  • Movement characteristics (for example, changes in dimensions with changes in moisture content)
  • Water vapor permeability

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