The Architectural Timber Specialists
Originating from a traditional Japanese wood burning technique Shou Sugi Ban, otherwise known as Yakisugi, charred timber cladding creates a contemporary look to any project. Make an architectural statement with Coach House Timber’s sleek selection of charred timber species. Suitable for both internal and external applications, combine an appealing charred timber aesthetic with a durable design for your next project.
To create a charred timber cladding look, the centuries-old technique of Shou Sugi Ban is most often used. This process involves a burning process where the exterior of the timber is burnt with a blowtorch for a burned timber style. The technique not only produces an aesthetic look for design purposes but also strengthens the timber for extra durability.
Shou Sugi Ban, the process of creating charred timber cladding, originated in Japan in the 18th century. This technique was used to weatherproof timber cladding, strengthen the timber and protect it from the elements. Charred wood also possesses fire-retardant properties due to its absence of the oils required to ignite a flame.
Charred timber is a strong, resilient, and low-maintenance timber style which is often used in residential and commercial design due to its aesthetic appearance. The deep charcoal colour along with the texture of the charring creates a unique timber profile.
Yes, charred timber is suitable for outdoor applications. The charring process increases its resistance to moisture, rot, and insect infestation, making it a durable option for exterior cladding, decking, and fencing. It also offers fire resistance and water resistance.
Charred timber cladding is a long-lasting timber style and on average can last around 50 years, if correctly sealed and maintained over time. To maintain the charred timber’s beautiful appearance, simply use a sealant every 2 to 4 years.
In comparison to untreated timber alternatives, the burned outer layer of charred timber creates a carbon layer that is extremely resistant to water, rendering this timber style virtually water-resistant.
Shou Sugi Ban, otherwise known as Yakisugi, is an ancient Japanese technique used to increase the durability and longevity of timber. The Shou Sugi Ban process involves torching the exterior of wooden planks to create a classic charred and rustic timber look. Charring wood creates a layer of carbon on the surface of the timber which strengthens the timber for added durability.
To seal our charred timber using the shou sugi ban technique we use a pre-sealant to lock the charring from damage and preserve the moisture content of the kiln-dried timber. For all our external charred timber, we use a penetrative, opaque exterior timber finish that is water-based with low VOC.
There are many wood species suitable for charring using the shou sugi ban technique. At Coach House Timbers, we offer a variety of timber species for charring including Spotted Gum, Red Ironbark, Grey Ironbark, Pacific Jarrah, Cambia Ash, Western Red Cedar and Pacific Jarrah.