At Zwarthout | Shou Sugi Ban, you can find authentic wall cladding for outdoors. This is because we offer black wood produced using the traditional Shou Sugi Ban burning technique. With this, we provide the wood with a black charred layer. Not only does this technique give the wood an authentic look, but it also makes it last longer.

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Outdoor wall cladding with the Shou Sugi Ban technique

In Shou Sugi Ban ('burnt cypress'), softwood is burnt on one side by binding three planks together into a chimney and lighting a fire at the bottom. This 18th-century tradition originated in Japan. Today, we combine traditional with modern techniques. Our fire masters burn the wood in a self-developed oven to give it a black charred layer. The charredlayer of each wood species has a different appearance, texture and is maintenance-free.



Durable wall coverings for outdoors

Besides being passionate about the Shou Sugi Ban technique, we value sustainability. To burn wall cladding for outdoor use, we use wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. For every tree used, trees are planted back. In this way, the forests are preserved for a long time.
For every tree we use, we replant trees. This replanting is done locally as much as possible: near Leersum, and partly in France. Our suppliers, including the Forestry Commission, also replant trees. So all the wood we burn and use is replanted! 
All our clients can replant the wood they have bought during the annual Zwarthout Tree Planting Day in one of the estates around our company. This allows us and our clients to watch our 'own' trees grow over the years.



Outdoor wall cladding with an authentic look

We can use different types of wood to create exterior wall cladding. The various wood species in our collection, offer the highest quality black-fired wood. 
In our test centre, we are constantly pioneering and innovating: with a sustainable, efficient way of working, new ways of firing, new sustainable wood species and new finishes with biodegradable resin and oil.
The types of wood used are of the highest quality. Exclusive and each with their own beautiful texture, character and finish. All orders are sawn to size especially for you, and carefully fired. Are you curious about the possibilities and the look of charred wood? Then we would be happy to offer you a sample box. That way you can see the different types of wood with your own eyes.

Mounting the wall cladding 

Finally, we can also install the exterior wall cladding for you. Assembly requires expertise and precision. And that is what our skilled experts specialise in. They carry out the assembly with an eye for detail and thus achieve the most beautiful and best result.


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