Shou Sugi Ban

Charred with fire Timber Cladding. Striking and sleek with its carbon black finish and textural beauty.
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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 Shou Sugi Ban cladding finish is manufactured in-house so that we can control the quality and consistency to the highest standard. Over three years we have been developing and perfecting our Shou Sugi Ban process to bring you a beautiful product with a consistent finish every time.

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Product benefits

Complete System

Full range proprietary end stops and corner trims

Concealed Fixing

All components are designed to maintain concealed fixing

Handcrafted Finish

Even and completely charred surface for long lasting finish

Low Maintenance

Charcoal surface protects timber

Shou Sugi Ban Overview

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Our first class burnt timber cladding is versatile and will perform excellently in a wide range of different applications. Originally designed for exterior cladding, our Trendplank profile has been used to line walls and ceilings both internally and externally by Australia’s leading architects and builders.

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Interior Walls

timber species

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Burnt Ash
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Spotted Gum

Profile & Sizes

  • 70mm x 18mm
  • 120mm x 18mm
  • 70mm x 18mm
  • 120mm x 18mm


End Matching is applied to the ends of the boards so that they can be joined off stud. End matching is a tongue and groove profile that improves water proofing 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. Our burnt timber cladding can be installed as vertical or horizontal wall cladding in a 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.

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Useful Info


Warranty Information Sheet

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Fire Information Sheet

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Maintenance Information Sheet

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DWG Files

Shou Sugi Ban DWG Files

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What is charred timber?

Charred wood (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.

What is charred wood and what does charring wood do?

Charring wood 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.

Can it be used internally?

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

Does the charred surface rub off Shou Sugi Ban timber cladding?

On exterior Shou Sugi Ban the charcoal layer will rub off on your hands or clothes when you touch it, this is the loose particles on the surface of the timber. 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

Do I have To maintain Shou Sugi Ban timber cladding?

Any timber exposed to the weather will need maintenance at some point. The good news is that Shou Sugi Ban timber cladding or charred timber does last longer without maintenance than non-charred timber. Different timbers offer different maintenance levels READ MORE HERE

How much does charred cladding cost? Is it expensive?

As a guide charred cladding will cost you around $35-$75 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.

Does Mortlock Timber provide an installation service?

No Mortlock Timber does not provide an installation service. As the manufacturer of timber products Mortlock Timber focuses on producing high quality products and leaves the installation to expert installers. Mortlock Timber works with the installer, provides installation advice and details to ensure your project runs smoothly.

Shou Sugi Ban Timber cladding can be installed by a qualified carpenter.

Does Shou Sugi Ban / charring the timber increase the fire rating of the timber?

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 Pricing

For in-depth information about the range of products we offer, please fill out the form below to download our Pricing. Inside you will find illustrations, specifications, portfolio photo examples and a hardwood timber price guide to assist with budgeting. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

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