Charred Black Cladding
Charred Black cladding is one of our newest and most innovative products. The timber is charred black by hand with a blow torch and then sealed with a Danish Oil. The finished product has a uniform look which is increasingly growing in popularity. Depending on your building and its surroundings, Charred Black Cladding can look traditional or super modern.
The charred cladding is supplied in FSC certified British Larch and can be machined to any of our standard tongue and groove, shiplap or rainshield profiles. We can also provide it sawn in our feather edge profiles if you prefer. After the timber has been charred we then treat the timber with an oil to protect the finish.
Because the cladding is hand-charred to order, we can burn the surface to any degree you require, although the most common is completely black and this is the standard if ordered online without further instruction. See our Tiga Wood cladding for a lightly-seared version of this cladding which really brings out the grain in the wood.
When installing your cladding we recommend that you start by fitting a breathable membrane to the wall, then fit softwood battens to the wall which will be an anchor point to fix your charred black cladding to. By fixing to battens rather than straight to the inner wall you will allow air to flow behind the cladding.
For our machined profiles we recommend that you leave a 3mm gap between boards and if you are installing tongue and groove cladding you should install it with the tongue facing up so that moisture doesn’t gather in the groove. When fitting feather edge cladding, bear in mind that when quoting your coverage we price off a 25mm overlap so if you want a larger overlap you will need more timber.
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Have a look at the photographs below to see some of the looks that can be achieved with our charred black cladding.
Our Charred Cladding is designed to be installed by a professional with previous experience in successfully fitting cladding who understands how timber can expand and contract. The information here is provided as an overview only and is not a substitute for professional fitting advice.
Consult a fitter to determine if your scenario would require the fitting of a breathable membrane between your wall and the cladding. This membrane stops rain getting to the wall, but allows moisture to escape, helping to prevent internal condensation and mould that can come with it. If you choose our Rainshield profile, ie. IWC8, you will most probably need a membrane as a gap is purposely left around the cladding.
Treated Softwood Battens
Treated softwood battens (available from our cladding accessories pages) are most commonly used to fix to the wall (or on top of the breathable membrane) to then fix your cladding to. If you are fixing your cladding horizontally, your battens need to be placed vertically, at around every 600mm (60cm), and vice versa.
The method of fixing depends on the profile you choose. You can fix with nails or screws, but whichever method you choose, make sure you use stainless steel or another type which will not be corroded by the natural acids in the timber. Never use iron fixings with timber. To compliment this Charred Black Cladding, you can buy black headed screws from most hardware suppliers.
If using screws, we recommend pre-drilling the timber and holding the cladding on with the head of the screw. If nailing (again, don't use iron), use a nail with quite a large head so the cladding doesn't pull through.
If you opt for a Feather Edge profile, ie. IWC9 or IWC10, start at the bottom of the building and use some extra batten to hold the bottom of the bottom board out from the building. Feather Edge cladding is for horizontal fixing only.
If you choose a tongue and groove profile, make sure the tongue is at the top, otherwise moisture will sit in the groove. We sometimes alter the profiles that are available in Charred Black finish. Profiles IWC1 to IWC4 can be fit horizontally or vertically, IWC5 can only be fit vertically so water doesn't sit in the channel.
Rainshield cladding should only be fitted horizontally with a gap of around 3mm.
As already stated, these are just ideas to get you thinking about installation and you should consult a professional installer before fitting your cladding as every scenario is different.
Charred Cladding Treatment
As standard, your Charred Black cladding comes pre-treated with a Danish oil.
If left without annual re-treatment with Danish oil, weathering will very slowly take the wood back to its natural appearance. To maintain the charred finish, re-application of Danish oil is recommended every year.