Why is the Japanese Method of Burning Wood, Shou Sugi Ban, Gaining Increasing Renown?

Building trends change every few years, which is normal. The fashion for certain solutions likes to return, so it’s no wonder that we are increasingly keen to use wood as one of the main materials for construction or facades.

Why is the Japanese Method of Burning Wood, Shou Sugi Ban, Gaining Increasing Renown?

This also relates to greater societal awareness about caring for our environment. Using a large amount of concrete in construction is not beneficial for the ecosystem, unlike wooden planks. Of course, it’s normal that building the foundations of a house or another structure cannot do without this material. However, it’s worth remembering that there are other resources from which walls can be created and facades decorated without any problem. One of them is boards burnt using the Japanese method, Shou Sugi Ban.


The Japanese Method Shou Sugi Ban

One might wonder whether wood can indeed be durable enough to cope with external factors without any problem. We say yes! All thanks to the application of the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method. It involves the controlled burning of planks with fire. This is done in special ovens at temperatures up to 1200 degrees. As a result, the charred surface forms a protective barrier against various external factors such as sun, rain, frost, or snow. All this is due to the burning of cellulose in this process, a factor that is food for, among others, fungi and insects. Thanks to the Shou Sugi Ban method, the planks are hardened. Moreover, air drying is aimed at reducing dimensional movements during harsh weather conditions.


Growing Popularity of Fire-Burnt Planks

Resistance to external factors and fire, as well as an unparalleled appearance, make fire-burnt planks increasingly popular. The hydrophobic layer produced works perfectly in all weather conditions. An extraordinary advantage is that such wood does not need to be additionally impregnated in any way because it is naturally protected by fire.

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