An LVL is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives. LVL itself stands for Laminated Veneer Lumber. It is typically used for headers, beams, and edge-forming material. LVL offers several advantages over typical milled lumber. Made under controlled specifications, it is stronger, straighter, and more uniform. Due to its composite nature, it is much less likely than conventional lumber to warp, twist, bow or shrink.