Does the char layer on Shou Sugi Ban Timber vary?

While Mortlock Timber offers the most consistent charred timber on the market, you should still expect to see varying levels of charring on the boards’ surface due to a few factors.

  1. As timber is a natural product, the hardness of each piece of timber varies. 
  2. Mortlock Timber uses a charring machine that moves the timber through the machine at a consistent pace. 
  3. Generally, the harder the timber, the longer it takes to char. 

Because of this, you can expect to see varying levels of char layer with Shou Sugi Ban cladding. Below are some example images of what level of variation you should expect to see.

Shou Sugi Ban Project Images

Shou Sugi Ban Timber Cladding with clear blue skies
Shou Sugi Ban Burnt Ash
Shou Sugi Ban Burnt Ash
Shou Sugi Ban Burnt Ash
Charred timber used for Exterior Walls
Shou Sugi Ban Burnt Ash
Shou Sugi Spotted Gum Battens

View our Shou Sugi Ban pricing and product guide

For in-depth information about the range of products we offer, please fill out the form below to download our Architectural Timber Pricing and Product Guide. Inside you will find illustrations, specifications, portfolio photo examples and a hardwood timber price guide to assist with budgeting.

We are committed to bringing you timber products that add value and endure for years to come, even in heavy traffic and harsh weather conditions. We understand the value of efficiency when it comes to installation and keeping hardwood timber costs down. That’s why we’ve spent decades perfecting our designs to make them easier to handle, less wasteful and more efficient to install. This efficiency allows us to offer you premier products that are more cost-effective so that you can experience greater savings on timber wall costs, timber ceiling costs, timber cladding costs and timber decking costs.

Download our Pricing and Product Guide for our complete hardwood timber price list including timber decking prices, timber wall prices, timber ceiling prices and timber cladding prices.


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