CHESTNUT wood is very durable and hard. The largest living chestnut tree currently on the planet is located in Italy and is between 2500 and 4000 years and is a mixture of chestnut species.
Its color is pale brown to yellow-gray and is quite similar to the color of Oak wood. When exposed to UV radiation and comes in contact with oxygen, its color gets darker. The use of chestnut wood after it has passed through a dryer at a slow pace or has undergone natural drying, will not shrink and will have a stable form.
It is quite elastic, dense and hard wood. It has very good water resistance and this is due to the fact that it contains a high concentration of tannins. For the same reason this wood reacts chemically when it comes in contact with iron. It is recommended to use stainless steel screws in constructions.
The chestnut is used in floors, furniture, construction, stairs, barrels, etc. In France this wood is often used as a substitute for beechwood or for floors. The chestnut stands out ideally in its aged form.
It is very durable; however, it needs good maintenance.