Australian Chestnut Flooring
About Australian Chestnut
Australian Chestnut is a combination of three eucalyptus species; Eucalyptus Obliqua, Eucalyptus Sieberi and Eucalyptus Fastigata. These trees can typically grow to between 25-60 metres tall and are native to South Eastern Australia. Grown in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, Australian Chestnut is a tough and durable blend.
As can be seen in the images below, the three species are closely related and are chosen for their similarities in colour, texture and strength.
Australian Chestnut Timber
Australian Chestnut timber has a high resistance to termites and decay. It has a coarse grain pattern, which enhances its natural beauty and appeal. Australian Chestnut timber ranges from a neutral brown to light chocolate browns with slight colour variations. This is a low maintenance wood that is finding favour with designers and architects nationally and internationally.
The timber blend of the Australian Chestnut and the Wormy Chestnut (more info below) are known to have a high grade of durability and workability. Constructional uses include framing, dressed timber cladding, internal and external flooring, linings and joinery, fencing, landscaping, retaining walls as well as decorative uses such as indoor and outdoor furniture.
Australian Chestnut is also known for its versatility in machining, fixing, gluing, and finishing. In terms of machining, it turns well to a smooth surface. There is no difficulty fixing this timber to standard fittings and fastenings. Using standard procedures, Australian Chestnut will bond quite well, and will also readily encompass stain, polish, and paint. Australian Chestnut is fairly easy to drill into, with the finished product being clean and to-size, however, pre-drilling is often necessary to achieve perfect nailing, which tends to hold well.
Australian Wormy Chestnut
Australian Wormy Chestnut is as unique as its name – its squiggly worm trails, ambrosia beetle holes, and deep red veins formed by fire indicate its fight for survival in the harsh Australian landscape. This is wood that tells a strikingly Australian story, including tales of drought, fire, relentless winds and insect plagues.
Wormy Chestnut timber is named for its characteristics rather than its species. It is made of the same eucalyptus blend as Australian Chestnut. Wormy Chestnut’s ashy brown to chocolate tones add old-world charm and instant personality to any home or commercial space.
Its durability makes it suitable for all areas of the home, except wet areas. It’s hard-wearing properties are perfect for high foot traffic areas. The charming and unique look is popular in cafes and stores. Wormy Chestnut is also a popular reclaimed timber for the environmentally-conscious.
Australian Wormy Chestnut floorboards have so much innate character, such as gum veins, bug trails and knotting. Staining and polishing can help to showcase the distinctiveness of these boards.
Australian Chestnut in Flooring
Whether Australian Chestnut (or Wormy Chestnut) is used for structural or finished flooring, this particular timber offers a high level of durability, adaptability, and versatility. The installation of Australian Chestnut is incredibly simple and workable over bearers and joists, timber based sheet flooring products and concrete slabs. This wood is perfect for high foot traffic locations, specifically kitchens, as they are extremely stable and work well when glued to the subfloor.
It is recommended to clean Australian Chestnut flooring with a dust mop, soft bristled broom, vacuum cleaner, or a wood floor mop kit. Never use a wet mop or a steam mop as excess water can seep between the boards and cause damage. It is also highly regarded not to use wax, oil, soap, or any abrasive cleaners on timber flooring to maintain optimum quality.
Australian Chestnut and Australian Wormy Chestnut floors are durable and beautiful. This hard-wearing hardwood flooring option not only offers resistance, but an unmatchable natural texture, that will complete any home. Australian Chestnut flooring is available in a number of lengths, widths, and thicknesses, making it readily available for any flooring design.
At Back To Timber, we offer a variety of Australian Chestnut timber flooring options. Check out some of our favourites below.
If you have questions about these products or any other flooring products, please contact our friendly team. We’d love to hear from you!