Meranti is a soft to firm hardwood timber commonly used for decorative purposes such as mouldings, furniture, panelling, joinery and window frames. It is a very versatile and durable timber for indoor applications, and can be painted and stained to match the colour and designs in your home.
Meranti is a soft to firm hardwood timber. Meranti is not subject to warping or twisting and is dent resistant. Because of its stability it can be used for a wide variety of applications.
Meranti ranges from pale-red to reddish/brown. Due to the number of variations being marketed under the botanical species name Shorea, yet called Meranti, there will be some colour variation across the timber species. It has a moderately coarse grain but even in texture with an attractive ribbon feature.
Meranti is easy to work with and has good nailing, screwing and gluing properties. Meranti readily accepts varnish, paint or stain. Its open grain structure means surfaces should be sanded before finishing. It is readily used for a wide variety of internal decorative applications and window frames. As Meranti has a fairly high silica content, it is essential to keep all cutting tools very sharp as the silica will dull the edge very quickly.
Is Meranti suited for external applications?
Meranti is not recommended for external uses. If exposed to the weather it must be protected with a suitable coating treatment. Porta Meranti is a Class 4 timber rated at up to 7 years above-ground natural durability.
Why does Meranti come in so many colours?
There are two types of Meranti, Dark Red and Light Red. Meranti consists of 20 different species meaning the span of colours is quite varied so you will see many shades from light-pink to dark-red. Porta manufacturers and moulds Light Red Meranti, which is less dense than Dark Red making it more suitable for mouldings and internal joinery applications where decorative profiles are needed.