Meranti Plywood / Lauan / Luan vs. RevolutionPly ®

There are many advantages to choosing RevolutionPly® plywood over Meranti plywood. Meranti plywood (Lauan) is a generic term for imported tropical hardwood products. Meranti often comes from poorly managed forest sources that disregard the importance of the economic, social, and environmental demands on the forest landscape. The over-production of meranti plywood has eliminated over 80% of trees, contributing to the destruction and endangerment of tropical rainforests. Other disadvantages of choosing meranti include poor packaging that may lead to product damage, and a dull, inconsistent appearance that may discolor with excessive exposure to light.

RevolutionPly® plywood is a long-term, sustainable alternative to Meranti plywood; in addition, it is environmentally friendly, has a consistent, blemish-free appearance, is a higher quality panel, and has substantially better packaging.

  • Originating from plantation and sustainable wood sources, RevolutionPly® plywood contains no tropical hardwoods. The veneers are produced from trees that are harvested in 7- to 10-year cycles.
  • Most Meranti (Lauan) plywood originates from tropical hardwood forests along the Equator that have not been managed for long-term sustainability.
  • RevolutionPly® plywood is consistent in appearance from sheet to sheet with a 100% uniform light red color.
  • The appearance of Meranti varies significantly from shipment to shipment depending on the source.
  • Every sheet of RevolutionPly® plywood has a B grade, or better, face that is free of knots and discoloration.
  • Most is sold as overlay and better grade which allows for the presence of knots, patches, and discoloration.
  • RevolutionPly® plywood has the best packaging in the industry; crates have corner guards, an inner foam layer, and an exterior cardboard cover which ensures complete product protection.
  • Meranti has typically been packaged the same for the past 30 years. The crates have plywood covers, no corner protection, and an inner liner of thin clear plastic which can lead to end and edge damage and the potential for the growth of mold inside the crates.