Air dried, machine profiled, finger jointed, PEFC Sweet Chestnut Cladding
It is quite a mouthful isn’t it?
Well, this is a cladding with a big name and an even bigger reputation and no mistake!
It’s not new but it’s been on the side lines for a while, coming in behind our beloved Oak in the popularity stakes on a regular basis but now it seems our little friend Castanea Sativa has been catching up, making a bit of ground on good old Oak.
And we don’t think it’s just a fad either.
It’s for good reason that people are choosing Sweet Chestnut over Oak or Western Red Cedar or even Larch (our other fave rave) because if you’ve ever had the pleasure of fixing up some exterior timber cladding you’ll appreciate the difference a 4.5m length can make! Talk about time saving.
But it’s not even just about an easy life (we haven’t even got to the maintenance yet) no, notwithstanding the lovely, long, machine profiled boards there’s another good reason for choosing finger-jointed Sweet Chestnut and that is its outstanding sustainability credentials.
Yessiree, not only does our Sweet Chestnut comes from well managed woodlands…
– that means proper woodland management with actual long term management plans and forest operations by actual people who work in the woods doing things like coppicing, clearing rhododendron, bracken & other invasive species, making roads, digging drainage ditches, then pruning & thinning & felling logs to use for timber cladding! –
…with PEFC certification (sustainable!) but the finger-jointing is part of a process which means we waste less timber than with traditional production methods and waste factors (more sustainable!). This process extracts knots and re-joins boards to make them cleaner, stronger and more stable whilst wasting less timber ergo more efficient use of the raw material and therefore more sustainable all round!
So, coupled with the saving on application time (and probably fixings too) because of the long lengths it’s no surprise our Sweet Chestnut cladding is getting the edge over our old faithful, the Oak.
Getting sensible with the nitty gritty… or where we stop waffling and give you the salient details in case you feel like using some glorious hardwood cladding in your next building project.
We keep air dried Sweet Chestnut boards to stock to machine in your choice of profile to produce beautiful, durable, PEFC certified hardwood cladding that will enhance any building project. Chestnut is versatile, durable, tough and strong with a density of around 560kg/m³ when Kiln Dried (at 12% moisture content) and a great lifespan potential.
When it’s newly machined your cladding will have a smooth planed surface with a warm yellow honey colour that varies with the grain and that mellows to a golden colour if oiled but slowly greys to a subtle silver if left to weather which will vary in tone and depth depending on orientation and weathering.
We machine air dried (seasoned) finger jointed boards to create a more sophisticated, smooth planed, overlapping or interlocking cladding profile. This also includes profiles for rainscreens and louvres and we can also produce additional detailing in matching timber for corners or around doors and windows as required.
If there’s anything you need that you don’t see here we can probably produce it, just ask us!
NB. These profiles are all planed to a smooth finish. For large volumes please call us for a quote on 01730 816941. It is worth noting that Chestnut does have a high tannin content and a tea coloured staining and leaching is likely to happen over the first 12 to 18 months. There are also issues to do with corrosion of Ferrous metals – see Cladding Notes or contact us for more info. NB. These profiles are all planed to a smooth finish. For large volumes please call us for a quote on 01730 816941.
We love the low maintenance option of ‘do nothing’ but if you do want to use a finish on your cladding there are lots of options. We have experience with Osmo oils and would be glad to talk about what you want to achieve.
We advise the use of austenitic stainless steel fixings for all of our timber cladding products to avoid corrosion and staining.
Orders & Availability
We keep Chestnut in stock to produce the cladding to order and can give you a current lead time (usually within 2 weeks) and any other advice you need about cladding by email email@example.com over the phone on 01730 816941.
Delivery is no problem wherever your project is based, whether it’s delivered locally on one of our trucks or nationally (or internationally!) with our haulier partners, just let us know your site address and we’ll give you our quote.
There’s a lot more information available to you, but you might have some questions about your project at this point, so why not give us a call on 01730 816941 or send us an email or just fill in this enquiry form and tell us all about it. We’ll help in anyway we can.
- Get yourself a Sweet Chestnut Cladding pdf
- Have a look at the current Sweet Chestnut Cladding products in stock
- Have a read of our Air Dried Cladding product pages
- Look at some other timber cladding options in stock
- Want some waney edge Chestnut boards to go with your cladding?
- Or maybe a little bit of Chestnut lath for some plastering?
Phew..!!! You must be plum tuckered out with all this web-gazing?! Why not take a break and go dream about some yummy Chestnut….
No? not satisfied yet? Ok, well at least get yourself a hot beverage to keep your strength up before we hit the town on the Sweet Chestnut train of wiki fun wiki with…
MORE about Sweet Chestnut
- Read one of our old blogs about our Chestnut floor when it was sparkling and new
- Look at this eNORmous chestnut at Cowdray as told by the Bepton Ranger http://beptonranger.com/2011/09/11/the-cowdray-colossus-sweet-chestnut-tree/
- Can you tell the difference between your Chestnuts? Here’s a start.. go Castanea crazy with wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut
- Here’s Sativa… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castanea_sativa
- It’s all about the tassle people – we like this one… because we couldn’t… but now we can! http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/whats_the_difference_between_horse_chestnuts_and_sweet_chestnuts
- We like Botanicals.com.. and they like our Castinea Sativa alright, although we’re not sure about Chestnut Pudding… but you make it and we’ll try it:) http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/cheswe59.html
- Poor old Chestnut is vulnerable to a horrid little pest – read this and protect your chestnuts http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chestnutblight
- Bangor’s info sheet on Sweet Chestnut Production http://www.calu.bangor.ac.uk/Technical%20leaflets/050401Chestnuts.pdf
As always, thanks so much for watching and until next time…
From the gang at
English Woodlands Timber & Forestry