What Is Charred Timber Cladding? What Are Its Benefits?

Charred timber cladding is the technique used to make the timber weatherproof, free from insect attacks, and possess a striking finish. The boards are charred utilising a torch flame. It is not an easy job and demands skilled artistry, precision, and patience, however, the final finished product is stunning. This is why now more than ever developers, architects, and local authorities are suggesting charred timber cladding for commercial and residential purposes.

The technique had originated in the 18th century in Japan. It is called Yakisugi also known as Shou Sugi Ban in Japanese. The technique of charring timber is carbonising it to make it more durable and preserve it for longer. Back in the day when this technique was used, stains and modern-day cladding protections were not available. So, the burnt surface of charred timber cladding offered the cladding natural protection against insects, mold, weathering, and UV rays. Moreover, it became fire-resistant too.

Although charring can be performed on any type of timber wood, there are some species that work better than the others. Charring is not an easy technique but if it is carried out well, it can offer great protection along with a truly striking look. However, if charring is not performed rightly, the lifespan of the cladding will shorten and the wood would erode and flake off very quickly.

New Charred Timber Range -

Our British manufactured charred timber range will enhance any building exterior. It’s not only water repellent, but also self-cleaning so all dirt and dust is simply washed away.

Our charred timber range is inspired by the old method of using heat to enhance timber. It offers huge variety to any project, allowing it to look either modern or traditional dependent on its use. Also with the huge variety of colours available it can make any project unique.

New Charred Timber Range -

Our British manufactured charred timber range will enhance any building exterior. It’s not only water repellent, but also self-cleaning so all dirt and dust is simply washed away.

Our charred timber range is inspired by the old method of using heat to enhance timber. It offers huge variety to any project, allowing it to look either modern or traditional dependent on its use. Also with the huge variety of colours available it can make any project unique.

Benefits of Charred Timber Cladding

Unique Look

Charring forms a natural, beautiful effect that is becoming increasingly popular on apartment blocks, domestic properties, and commercial buildings. You can see entire houses being clad in charred timber material to create lodge-style and chalet effects, and part or half-clad properties are utilising charred timber to offer visual contrast to areas of composite, render, and brick cladding.

The possibility of matching charred timber cladding’s aesthetic effect with decking is one of the reasons why it is gaining popularity as a cladding solution for commercial properties and domestic houses where there is requirement of outdoor leisure space. Also, when charring is performed on different types of timber, it gives out varying results, which are smooth and aesthetic.

Charring makes the wood turn black with a beautiful finish. For introducing a contemporary look to your building, charred timber cladding is a great choice. If you want a traditional look, charred cedar timbers can be used for a raw finish.

It Is Durable

Timber is an extremely strong material and also has natural defenses are resist weathering, corrosion, and pollution. After charring, its durability increases multifold. In Japan, you will see numerous commercial buildings and houses with charred timber cladding around you that are over hundred years old, and some are even centuries old.

Timber is naturally resistant to damage caused by weather, which makes it a sturdy yet lightweight material. If you use varnish or primer on top of the cladding, its life extends for several more years. Charring acts like varnish. Controlled burning of timber releases natural resins and gives a carbon layer on the wood’s surface.

Also, charred Timber cladding is also easier to repair. If any board has small holes, you can use putty to fill them. You can also replace the damaged wooden boards if they cannot be repaired. And every time you replace a board, you do not have to worry about it matching with the cladding because your new boards can be charred according to other boards. Moreover, charred wood would not require re-polishing to re-staining.

Beneficial To Environment

The environmental benefits of using timber as a cladding solution add to its popularity. Charred timber replaces the use of chemicals with the heat to modify cell structure and make it more resistant to rotting. Due to the absence of chemicals in the production process, charred timber cladding is completely environmentally safe. The competitors of charred timber cladding material are usually treated using harsh chemicals.

Additionally, charred timber cladding is entirely recyclable and can prove to be invaluable to those builders who wish to exercise carbon neutrality. It is a great option if your project requires temporary cladding as it can be demounted and then reused later.

Also, some varieties of trees grow fairly quickly, which makes wood a sustainable option and many sellers pledge to plant the trees in place of the ones they cut. Wood also takes less energy to manufacture as compared to other options. Lastly, even if charred timber cladding goes to a landfill in the end, it will decay without causing any harm to the planet. So, you end up leaving fewer carbon prints if you choose charred timber cladding.

It Offers Protection 

The condition of timber generally worsens because of mold, fungi, and insects. You might have seen wooden beams with small holed made by woodworm or wood burrowing beetles. In the case of timber, you will have to apply coats of varnish, protection solution, etc. But in the case of charred timber, charring makes the outer layer of timber naturally resistant to insects.

Moreover, charring protects from fungi and mold as well because of lack of specific oxygen levels and moisture. Charring also increases the wood’s resilience to burning, as charring kills the soft outer cells that are quick to ignite. And only the strong, lignin cells are left behind, which need higher temperature to ignite. This is why charred timber cladding is more fire resistant.

Conclusion

Due to the numerous benefits, charred timber cladding will be a popular choice even in future years all over the world. Charred timber cladding is appealing to look at, and does not require repainting, which makes it maintenance-free. It also adds a natural feel to the building’s exterior and is completely environmentally friendly.

Timber is a strong, lightweight, and weather-resistant material as well, and due to charring, timber because naturally resistant to fire, insects, and changes in weather. You can choose from a variety or hues and textures to make your commercial or residential building appear unique. So, if you are considering cladding, there are multiple reasons to choose charred timber cladding.

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