Charred wood vs regular wood – which is better for your home?
If you haven’t familiarized yourselves with charred wood, here’s the Wikipedia article on the Ancient Japanese wood processing technology of Yakisugi, also known as wood charring and wood burning. It is done for a variety of reasons, many of which aren’t just for show, but also have a functional purpose as well. In this article we will go a little bit more in depth with the topic of comparing charred and regular timber to see which is best for your home!
When it comes to visuals, a lot of the things have to be left for the subjective opinions. However, some aspects cannot be denied as brighter or more expressive colors as well as enhanced patterns are definitely noticeable.
When it comes to looks, regular, untreated wood is quite basic and simple. The tones and colors are quite recognizable while the general appeal tends to lean towards rustic and naturalistic environments. On the other hand, Shou Sugi Ban (general term for charred wood) is usually much darker which is associated with luxury and elegance. It also looks and feels like a more high-class product as the textures just are more profound than they are in regular wood.
When it comes to strength, integrity, resistance to outside hazards and things of that nature, burnt wood has a clear edge over its regular counterpart.
To begin with, during the charring process, Shou Sugi Ban is exposed to scorching hot flames that shrink the pores which absorb moisture on normal wood. Furthermore, the carbonization also protects it from catching on fire later on since it’s generally fireproof. Finally, the flames also force cellulose sugars to evaporate. And what does that mean? It means that the product is pest-proof, while regular wood isn’t.
In terms of how aesthetics hold up from a style and trend/fashion perspective, the opinions are subjective, but Shou Sugi Ban is more resistant and durable.
It’s hard to discuss prices because each individual manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler has a unique pricing policy. However, we can say that Shou Sugi Ban is usually more expensive than regular wood, but if you weigh in price:quality and price:durability ratios, the latter product will probably win out against plain wood.
If you want to know the exact price of Shou Sugi Ban flooring, ceiling boards, siding, decking etc., we suggest you get in touch with Degmeda or other suppliers.
Both types of wood are used in exteriors and interiors. However, once again, if push comes to shove, due to higher resistance to moisture and rot, charred wood has the advantage of being more suitable as a long-term solution while wood can start to rot after 10 years.