Timber use is becoming more appealing in the recent years especially ‘exposed timber’; however, the information available on the performance of engineered timber after fire is limited. This paper explores the performance of timber elements exposed to well defined thermal boundary conditions and examines the extent of adhesive degradation after heating. Two different types of timber beams are explored; ‘glued laminated timber’ (Glulam) and ‘laminated veneer lumber’ (LVL). A subset of beams was exposed to radiant heat as per a modified ASTM E1321 heating procedure. An additional subset of beams also had an area of their cross-section carved away, equivalent to the char depth of the heated beams. The carved beams allow for the identification of degradation beyond the char layer, as theoretically both the carved and charred beams would have the same effective cross-sectional area. All beams were mechanically loaded to failure using a four-point loading setup. While the current allowance for degradation beyond the char layer is considered to be 7 mm for exposure times of 20 minutes and greater , the results herein indicate that for bending members this layer extends to at least a minimum of 11.7 mm for LVL and 12.3 mm for Glulam. The aim of this paper is to assess the post-fire performance of Glulam and LVL through looking at strength loss due to adhesive degradation, which may contribute towards enabling tall and unencapsulated engineered timber buildings.