Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional method of preserving timber, which is both environmentally friendly and extremely hardwearing, guaranteed to delight for decades.
This labour intensive charring process is highly specialist and for centuries the Japanese have been practicing this art of burning wood to make it resistant to fire, rot, infestation and the UV effects of the sun. The process of charring the timber surface emphasises the richness of the wood species grain structure. The intensity and duration of the burning process produces a different effect each time and no two doors are ever the same.
Only heaving charring is resistant to fading via Ultra-Violet rays and if the surface of our door is damaged after installation, it will not expose any untreated timber that may lead to surface peel or potential decay. Therefore, the only occasional maintenance required is light oiling of the door sash every couple of years (a bit like treating high quality leather), to keep it looking fabulous.
This combination of amazing aesthetics and enduring maintenance-free performance is difficult to eclipse in an external door. Charring is performed by our craftsmen using their hands and eye, so there will be variations of colour and charr across the door slab, which will only add to the unique character of your door.