Shou Sugi Ban: Charred Timber Cladding
Shou Sugi Ban charred timber cladding brings an elegant, timeless aesthetic to any project. Also known as Yakisugi or Japanese burnt timber cladding, Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese method of charring timber with fire. The process results in a black carbon layer on the timber boards which protects the material and reduces its maintenance requirements. Shou Sugi Ban is machined to the same profile as our Trendplank T&G Timber Cladding and will fit all Trendplank Corner Trims and End Stops.
At Mortlock Timber, Our charred timber cladding is manufactured in house at Mortlock Timber, allowing us to have precise control over the quality and consistency of the final product. We have spent years perfecting the Shou Sugi Ban process to ensure we provide the highest standard finish every time.
Shou Sugi Ban is manufactured in our factory using a machine that we designed and tested over two years before making our charred timber cladding products available. Shou Sugi Ban is a delicate process and over our trial period we have discovered some secrets to reducing the warping and splitting when charring the timber. Our process also involves a unique system to cool the timber in order to achieve an even finish.
Every piece of timber is individually graded and checked to ensure the highest standards are met. Hand-brushing and pre-finishing the planks can be completed prior to delivery to your site to save installation time. Our Shou Sugi Ban process results in an even charring, including right in the shadow line of the cladding, and is much more durable and weather-proof than black stained timber.
Japanese Charred Timber Cladding For a Timeless Finish
Shou Sugi Ban finish is applied to our Trendplank timber profile, a sophisticated concealed fixed cladding which performs beautifully as a lining for exterior and interior walls and ceilings. Trendplank offers superior durability thanks to its expert design which allows for natural timber movement in response to the environment.
Our charred wood cladding comes with a range of corner solutions and end stop junctions which can be manufactured in the same timber and Shou Sugi Ban finish for a seamless result.
Whether you would prefer the timber to be supplied uncoated or pre-oiled, we can accommodate. Shou Sugi Ban comes standard with the penetrating oil Cutek CD50 Black Ash coating which has been designed for external applications. For interior applications, we recommend using WOCA Black Oil to preserve the integrity of the timber and prevent any charcoal rubbing off the surface.
Ideal Timber Species for Shou Sugi Ban
We offer Shou Sugi Ban finish on a number of quality timber species which are sourced from sustainably managed forests. From Australian Jarrah and Spotted Gum to North American Burnt Ash – we have a range of premier options that will complement and enrich your project.
Burnt Ash – Premium Option is very durable and stable compared to Australian hardwoods, Burnt Ash allows for a very even charring and provides a thicker layer of char for superior durability and minimal maintenance.
Fine Sawn Jarrah, second to Burnt Ash, Sawn Jarrah allows for deeper penetration of the char layer meaning improved longevity and reduced maintenance.
Spotted Gum will achieve a BAL 29 and allows for a lovely natural texture to shine through. However, it is not as stable as Burnt Ash meaning the char layer is not as thick and so Spotted Gum will require more maintenance over time.
Jarrah with Shou Sugi Ban finish is a cost-effective option with a beautiful appearance. Not as stable as Burnt Ash, this timber will require more maintenance over time to preserve its integrity.
Endless Options with Japanese Charred Timber Cladding
At Mortlock Timber, we understand that no two projects are the same. We are committed to supporting you to bring your vision to life, no matter how unique or complex. As premier charred timber cladding suppliers, we are able to offer our products in a wide range of sizes, shapes and timber species to suit the specific requirements of your project.
If you have something non-standard in mind, speak with our team of timber specialists to see how we can help bring your vision to life. With decades of experience behind us, we are available to offer expert advice and support to ensure the best results for your project.
The Finest Shou Sugi Ban Australia-Wide
We supply premier charred timber cladding Australia-wide. If you would like to discuss your project needs or are ready to place an order, please get in touch with our friendly team today.
Full range proprietary end stops and corner trims
All components are designed to maintain concealed fixing
Even and completely charred surface for long lasting finish
Charcoal surface protects timber
Shou Sugi Ban Overview
Our Shou Sugi Ban products are made with the Trendplank timber cladding profile, a highly versatile concealed fixed cladding which can be used in both interior and exterior applications. Shou Sugi Ban has been used by leading architects and builders to line walls and ceilings in residential and commercial projects across Australia.
Timber speciesSelect timber species below to see their corresponding finishes
Burnt Ash Finishes
Spotted Gum Finishes
Profile & Sizes
Our Shou Sugi Ban burnt timber cladding can be installed as vertical or horizontal wall cladding in timber frame construction or masonry construction. Cladding will require pre-drilling and screw fixing through the tongue. The next board groove should cover the screw in the previous board. Shou Sugi Ban is end-matched, end matching is applied to the ends of the boards so that they can be joined off the stud. End matching is a tongue and groove profile that improves waterproofing and eliminates the need to measure and trim the ends of the boards. This will enable you to save time and minimise waste during installation.
Charred Timber(also known as Yaki Sugi and Shou Sugi Ban) is a centuries-old Japanese method of wood preservation. The literal translation is ‘burnt timber board’, the product is used for cladding, screening, and timber ceilings.
Charred timber cladding is highly valued for not only its stunning looks but also its ability to repel rot & insects and it’s fire resistance due to the layer of carbon created through the burning process. Charring the timber also strengthens the timber resulting in a more durable cladding.
Charring Timber means you have a protective carbon layer of charcoal on the surface timber. This protective burnt wood layer increases the lifespan of the timber. Charred timbers can last up to 5-10 years without maintenance however it is recommended re-coating the timber more often to keep it hydrated and water resistant.
Yes this product can be used internally. Mortlock Timber use a different timber coating on the surface which binds the char layer together and eliminates the rubbing off for interior projects. READ MORE HERE
If you touch burnt timber cladding that has been installed in exterior areas, some loose particle from the charcoal layer may rub off on your hands. As the Shou Sugi Ban is exposed weather the loose particles that causes this issue will wash off the timber from the wind and rain over a few months and the rubbing off will stop. If your looking for Shou Sugi Ban timber cladding for interiors or areas not exposed to weather, Mortlock Timber use a different timber coating on the surface which binds the char layer together and eliminates the rubbing off. READ MORE HERE
Although every timber that is exposed to the weather will need maintenance over time, Shou Sugi Ban cladding has reduced maintenance requirements compared to other types of non-charred cladding. Different timbers offer different maintenance levels READ MORE HERE
As a guide charred cladding will cost you around $45-$95 per m2 more than non-charred timber cladding. This is indicative and it does depend on the options you select. For full pricing download our Shou Sugi Ban pricing guide.
As a manufacturer and supplier of timber products, Mortlock Timber does not provide installation services. We highly recommend you engage a professional installer to achieve the best result possible. Although we do not install our products, we work closely with installers and builders by offering installation advice and crucial product information to ensure the project is successful.
Shou Sugi Ban Timber cladding can be installed by a qualified carpenter.
No. Mortlock has done lab testing on this and the results showed that charring timber does not change the fire properties of the timber.
Shou Sugi Ban timber cladding comes as individual boards, not in panels.
Yes, all of our products are real timber. Mortlock Timber does not supply fake timber or timber look products
The R-value for 19mm hardwood timber cladding is R 0.12.
ATFA states that all timber products have a material R-value. The thermal conductivity of kiln-dried hardwood (across the grain) is 0.16 W/mK. The R-value of a material is determined by dividing the thermal conductivity of the material (in metres) by the thickness so the R-value of 19mm thick kiln-dried hardwood is R 0.12. R = Thickness (m) / Conductivity (W/mK) =0.019 / 0.16 = 0.12 (m²·K/W).
Charring timber does not change the R-value.
Shou Sugi Ban Pricing
Looking for in depth information about the range of timber products we offer? Fill out the form below to download our pricing and infomation guide where you will find helpful illustrations, portfolio examples and key information on the different options available. If you require any clarification or further guidance, please get in touch with us directly. We're here to help.