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Native North American Hardwood: Chestnut

Just the word chestnut conjures up warm

thoughts. I guess we all associate it with the line in the song “chestnuts

roasting on an open fire.” Apart from producing a delicious nut, the wood of

chestnut trees can be used to create beautiful wood floors and furniture.

A little about chestnut wood.

Chestnut trees are native to North America.

You will find that there are two species available: Southern

Chestnut and

Tiete

Chestnut. Southern chestnut is a luscious warm tan

color with golden highlights. Tiete Chestnut is a darker brown that will

actually grow darker with age.

What does chestnut wood look like?

When you think of chestnut, you may picture a honey-blond

color, but chestnut

wood

actually ranges from gray and white to different shades of browns. The grain

has a straight and spiraled grain and is a bit rough to the touch. It is softer than other hardwoods, but is

still a durable material that is resistant

to decay.

How

to care for chestnut wood.

When initially installed, chestnut flooring should be

either stained or sealed with a clear protective

varnish. The natural color is attractive enough that only a clear product

is necessary. This will make maintenance simple, only requiring occasional

sweeping and polishing. After several years, it might be necessary to refinish

them, but only after a long time.

How

much does chestnut cost?

Chestnut flooring is more average in cost, beginning

around $5.00/sq. ft. A bit more exotic and unusual than oak or pine, it is

unique enough to make it a desirable commodity. Other hardwoods can be as

inexpensive as $0.98/sq. ft.

Upgrading your floors to hardwood will make your home

more attractive while increasing the value. Hardwoods have long been considered

a classy feature, and one that is preferred over other flooring choices.

Request free estimates from prescreened

flooring contractors to bring the warm flavor of chestnut to your

home.

Get free estimates from:

Hardwood Experts

in Los Angeles, California

Crimmins

Hardwood Flooring Solution in Derry, New Hampshire

A local,

hardwood flooring expert in your area



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