It is beautiful, hard and very durable. That is what Meranti wood is like, an increasingly popular raw material used in woodwork. Where did it come from and why is it said to be one of the favorite species used by carpenters? We invite you to read!

 

Windows from this exotic raw material appeared in our country in the late 90’s. Material quickly became popular, regarding its origin, but also the fact that it is easy to obtain. Meranti is a type of wood derived from the Shorea deciduous tree, one of the most popular tree growing in the South-east Asia. It is worth to mention that it comes in many varieties, differing in density, degree of hardness and color.

 

(One of our product made with the use of Meranti – produced and painted in our factory in Strzebielino)

 

One of wood’s unique feature is low water permeability. What does it mean? It means that the wood is less prone to swelling and cracking. It is also quite hard, resistant to difficult weather conditions, bending, fungi and mold, and finally provides great conditions for acoustic and thermal insulation. And, which is important from the point of view of woodwork, it is easy to process! For above mentioned reasons, it has become popular in the production of wooden windows.

 

Why is it worth reaching for Meranti?

 

Many experts claim that it is one of the best types of wood for the production of windows and doors. Where does this opinion come from?One of the reasons is that this type of wood suits perfectly to door and window woodwork. This is indicated by all the above-mentioned features of this raw material, which mostly result from one key parameter – density. In terms of density Meranti is clearly way above others types of wood. For the production of windows, Meranti wood with an average density of 450 kg/m³ should be used, in results ensuring their appropriate weight and durability. What else makes it perfect wood for windows?

One of the main characteristics of Meranti, important for woodwork, is its contractility. This exotic wood stands out with contractility much smaller than our pine. Minimal contractility of Meranti means that the wood – in construction jargon -“does not work”, even after moisture has penetrated into it. In practice, this translates into the lack of any changes in the original dimensions of the window under the influence of water or other weather conditions. Windows from exotic raw material does not warp, which makes them extremely wanted wherever the climate – as in our country – likes to change frequently.

 

Meranti – original beauty.

 

 

The properties of this wood make it often compared to pine. Similar as pine, Meranti characterizes with considerable softness. Solid parts have a large share in its structure, which has a positive effect on its resistance to mechanical damage. Due to its uniform structure it easily absorbs paint and varnish – that is why carpenters use it so eagerly.

Meranti is one of the densest types of wood – a cubic meter of raw material with a moisture content of 12% can weigh up to 850 kilograms. Due to its softness, it tolerates all types of woodworking – sawing, nailing or gluing. It dries fast and the risk of warping and cracking during this process is low.

 

Meranti versus windows

 

Windows from this type of wood characterize with great durability and stability, they look really beautiful as well, because the wood is without any blemishes and knots. The physical characteristics of wood ensure stability and reliability of the construction. Above that, Meranti windows are water and extreme temperatures resistent, additionally they have great insulating, thermal and acoustic properties. Despite the fact that the raw material from which they are made is imported, their price is not excessive, because it is a widely available and popular material. In comparison to previously mentioned pine, Meranti is more resistant to mechanical damages and more durable.It is interesting that this type of wood can make a variety of colors and shades. This diversity means that some people, when choosing Meranti windows, do not decide to cover it additionally with paint that is supposed to change the natural color of this wood.

 

 

We produce a lot of windows using this raw material in our company. Wooden Softline windows, made with Meranti, are one of the most popular products in our offer. However, it is worth to remember that all wooden windows – regardless of the raw material used – add warmth and cosiness to our interiors. Apart from durability, Meranti adds a breath of exoticism.

 

But the final choice is of course yours. 😊

 

 

Characteristic features of Meranti, a small cheat sheet:

 

– a unique breath of distant parts of the world (the wood comes from the Shorea deciduous tree from South-east Asia),

– resistance to mechanical damage,

– resistance to weather conditions,

– is about 10% warmer than oak,

– excellent absorbency of protective agents,

– minimal contractility (wood “does not work”, even after moisture penetrates it),

– aesthetics. Meranti can really positively surprise, even after a slight “dimming”.