British Sweet Chestnut
Air dried finger jointed sweet chestnut VHL6
British sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) (hardwood)
Sweet chestnut (not to be confused with horse chestnut) grows widely across Britain and the rest of Europe.
British sweet chestnut has a similar golden colour to oak, but with stronger grain and occasional dark brown mineral streaks. Chestnut will weather to a natural silver colouring if left untreated.
British sweet chestnut is hard-wearing, strong and durable, and relatively light when compared to other hardwoods, making it ideal for cladding. Additionally, sweet chestnut is known to be a very stable timber, resulting in less movement, distortion or splitting.
Our profiled sweet chestnut cladding is now produced from air dried finger jointed boards.
These boards are supplied in standard 4.0mt lengths and are created by mechanically bonding a number of shorter lengths together in a high pressure press using moisture resistant glue.
This process is a big step forward in improving both the performance and the environmental credentials of our British sweet chestnut cladding.
Finger jointed boards are longer, less prone to distortion and of a better and more consistent quality than standard boards.
Utilising shorter lengths of sweet chestnut allows us to increase the yield and therefore the value of the forest resource and reduce the waste in our sawmills, all of which is good news.
As with oak, sweet chestnut has a high tannin content, so care should be taken to select non-corrosive fixings.
BS 1186-3 Class2. Quality grading of cladding boards.
BS EN350-2 Sweet chestnut is classed as durable and does not require treatment for external use, as long as the sap is excluded.
Workability: Renowned for its excellent working qualities. Can be cut and nailed easily. Takes stains, oils and paints well.
Available with FSC certification
Profiles available in Sweet Chestnut