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Timber Types Explained: Choosing The Right Timber Species For Your Windows & Doors.


Timber Types Explained


You just can’t beat the elegant styling of Timber Windows and Doors... 

Aesthetically, Timber Windows and Doors can easily become one of your home's most charming and eye-catching features.

But not all timber species are created equal. Variation in timber species will affect both the appearance and performance properties of any door or window.

This leads to an important question - what is the best timber species for my windows and doors?

Let’s look at three of the best timber species used in Timber Windows and Doors and the benefits of each, so you can determine which will best suit your new home or renovation from both a practical and aesthetic standpoint. 



Meranti is a medium hardwood timber, meaning it is softer than many other hardwood varieties of timber but harder than pine.

The Surface colour can vary greatly between white, pale pink to dark red, pale and deep brown. It has a medium-to-coarse grain that is evenly textured and features a pleasant ‘ribbon’ feature.   


Practical Features 

From a practical standpoint, Meranti is very versatile. It will hold its shape in a range of environments, won’t warp or twist and will generally hold its shape very well over time.

You can also paint, varnish or stain Meranti timber with ease, making it a great choice for projects where versatility is key. 


Western Red Cedar


Western Red Cedar is a commonly used softwood (meaning a typically lighter colour), however, there is a big variation in colours in this variety that make it perfect for those looking for unique variation in their timber windows and doors.

This colour variation ranges from honey/beige colours to deep reds and browns and this wide variation in colour makes this species perfect for projects that call for a unique edge or feel.

Possessing a unique grain formation, which combined with stunning variations in colour make this species one of the most popular timber species for almost all purposes.

Its lack of pitch (sap) and gum veins allow this species of cedar to accept clear and semi-clear finishes, so you can accentuate the natural colour variations and unique grains of this beautiful timber species. 


Practical Features

Naturally resistant to borers, termites, rot and fungus, Western Red Cedar is a great choice in environments where these need to be factored in.

This species will not warp or twist, and the fine grain characteristics of this timber minimise shrinkage and swelling. Timber Windows and Doors made with the timber species will enjoy decades of trouble-free service if properly finished and maintained.   


Kiln Dried Hardwood 


Kiln Dried Hardwood is, as the name suggests, a hardwood that has been dried in a wood kiln to rid the timber of mould, mildew and insects. It features a straight grain and a consistent pale pink – straw colouration.

Using varnish on this wood will create a beautiful contemporary finish, though it can also be painted, stained or polished. 


Practical Features

KD Hardwood is grown and harvested in Australia under government regulations, meaning that KD Hardwood is sustainably sourced.

It is exceptionally robust and durable and not subject to warping or twisting – making it a great choice for any project where longevity is a priority.


Still Need Help?

All three of these timber species are featured in the Canterbury Timber Windows and Doors' range of products, so you can visit any Southern Star Group showroom and our sales staff can talk you through which is the best timber species for you. 

If you are still unsure of which timber species to feature in your new home or renovation get in touch with us today. 

You can view the Canterbury Windows and Doors product range here.

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