Charred Black Cladding
Charred Black cladding (people also search for charred wood cladding or charred larch 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 Wood Cladding can look traditional or super modern.
The burnt wood 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.
Degree of Charring
Because the black timber 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.
Charred wood cladding - Charred, Brushed and Oiled
Charred wood cladding - Charred and Oiled, Not Brushed
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 burnt wood 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.
Click on the "Fitting Guidance" above for more information.
Blackening Cut Ends
When you cut the charred cladding, you will expose a fresh, bright end on the wood. We recommend a Coo-Var Matt black exterior paint to re-blacken the ends: Coo-Var Matt Black Paint . Avoid getting the paint on the face of the cladding and only use it on the ends, as it won't weather the same as the cladding and will be noticeable in the future.
We've found the popularity of burnt wood cladding is increasing rapidly at the moment, mainly through word of mouth, and we're supplying installations all over the country.
Have a look at the photographs below to see some of the looks that can be achieved with our charred black timber cladding.
For the more cost-conscious, we now offer a painted black feather edge 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 Larch Cladding Treatment
As standard, your Charred Black cladding comes pre-treated with a Danish oil. We do recommend that you also treat with a UV protection oil like Osmo 420 which you can buy from Wood Finishes Direct.
If left without annual re-treatment with UV protection oil, weathering will very slowly take the wood back to its natural appearance. To maintain the charred finish, re-application of UV protection oil is recommended every year.
What do our customers say?
We are over the moon with our charred wood cladding. The charred effect is everything we hoped it would be and our new shed looks amazing.
- Thomas Green
Clarity of website and up front pricing. Good phone support and quick delivery of samples. Thanks.
- Daniel Morriss
You were recommended by my builder
- Catherine Hilditch
Had some oak from you before and was excellent quality.
- Derek Maslen
Used before, good quality timber at a good price and good communication and service throughout the process
- Matthew Grove
Architect / Design Specify
Brushed and Danish Oiled
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Some commonly asked questions
Our timber is imported straight from sawmills on the continent. Our usual lead times are therefore 4-6 weeks.
What are your delivery costs?
We calculate our delivery costs based on how far away you are from us, to get more information on this please check out our shipping costs page HERE.
Our delivery lorries visit different parts of the country on different days, so once your order is ready we will work with you to arrange a delivery day for when one of our lorries is in your area. We will always arrange the delivery day in advance with you.
We deliver weekdays Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 5pm. Our delivery vehicles will have multiple jobs on them which can affect the delivery time to you, depending on factors such as traffic and how long it takes to offload the previous jobs. The driver will call you in advance with an estimated time of arrival to make sure you'll be there.
Aside from delivery locations that are priced on application, your delivery will be provided with means of offloading from the truck. This may be by HIAB (lorry with a crane arm), or by supplied manpower. The method will be determined by the haulage company we use based on your location and available options at the time. Please note, both offload options will drop your order to the side of the lorry, they won't be able to carry it around the back of a property, for example.
For areas that are priced on application, by default, we will quote for delivery on a flat-bed lorry that you'll need to arrange to offload yourself. We can quote for offloading on request, but to these areas it's usually prohibitively expensive, and cheaper for you to hire a forklift, or arrange to have enough people on-site to offload.
How do I place an order for cladding?
You can place your order online by working out your price above and adding your items to your shopping basket. You can then check out and your order will be processed securely and a confirmation email sent. Once your order arrives in our depot, we'll give you a call to arrange delivery.
Can I Order Samples?
Yes you can, you can order samples of certain timbers at www.iwood.co.uk/sample-request/.
If the species you need isn't there please give us a call or talk to us on our online chat.
The timbers shown are planed all round samples and are not profiled.