Premier Wood Rot Repair Services in St. George, Florida

Premier Wood Rot Repair Services in St. George, Florida

As beautiful and versatile as wood is, it will eventually succumb to decay.

At best, wood rot will just be unattractive but, worst-case scenario, it can make your home structurally unsound and dangerous. Builders By The Sea is your local wood rot expert; we will inspect the damage on your home and find the best solution that will protect your home and ensure that area is not subject to wood rot in the future. 

  • Over 17 years of hands-on experience
  • Quality work at affordable prices
  • Specializing in wood rot repair, new home construction, remodeling, and additions
  • Licensed and insured wood rot repair company

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Builders By The Sea

Why Choose Us?


  • Outstanding Customer Service: We are committed to providing you with the best deck contractor team St. George Island has to offer and a seamless building process from start to finish.
  • Affordable, High-Quality Work: With years of design and construction experience, our team of experienced deck contractors provides the best custom deck designs, installations, and deck resurfacing at an affordable price.
  • Licensed and Insured: We ensure that our deck contractors are extensively trained and keep up-to-date on licensing.
  • Free Consultation and Price Estimates: We offer free estimates for all of our services. We ensure you are aware of all of your options and prices before we move forward with your outdoor project.
  • Residential and Commercial: We provide outstanding services for both residential and commercial projects.

Builders By The Sea

Why Choose Us?
  • Outstanding Customer Service: We are committed to providing you with the best deck contractor team St. George Island has to offer and a seamless building process from start to finish.
  • Affordable, High-Quality Work: With years of design and construction experience, our team of experienced deck contractors provides the best custom deck designs, installations, and deck resurfacing at an affordable price.
  • Licensed and Insured: We ensure that our deck contractors are extensively trained and keep up-to-date on licensing.
  • Free Consultation and Price Estimates: We offer free estimates for all of our services. We ensure you are aware of all of your options and prices before we move forward with your outdoor project.
  • Residential and Commercial: We provide outstanding services for both residential and commercial projects.

Restore Rotted Wood to Its Former Glory with Our Wood Rot Repair Services

When wood rot is not severe, it’s a problem that’s pretty easily solved: fill smaller deteriorated spaces and holes with wood putty, sand, and repaint or stain. But when there’s more severe wood rot, you will have to replace the wood and a better quality wood selection may be necessary. This is where the professionals at Builders By The Sea come in. 

We Keep Wood Rot From Damaging Your Home & Devaluing Your Investment

If you think that your St. George, Florida home is immune to wood rot, think again. The most common places that this fungus targets include beams, posts, trim, soffits, decks, and fascia. These exterior elements are typically made of wood and are all prime spots for wood rot repair and wood replacement. 

When our professional house builders are inspecting your home for wood rot and discover the common signs of wood rot such as paint blistering or peeling, dark stains, chalky buildup, or even mushroom-like developments, we make the decision to either repair or replace the wood. Repairing is only attempted when the wood rot is in just one small area. However, more than likely, the rotted wood will need to be completely removed and replaced. 

Builders By The Sea Quality Wood Rot Repair Services

Builders By The Sea protects your home and investment by offering only the highest quality wood rot repair and replacement services. When renovating your home’s exterior, it is not uncommon to encounter wood rot that needs immediate repair. 

While many professional house renovation companies do not have the additional carpentry expertise necessary to effectively repair or replace rotting wood, Builders By The Sea is well versed in wood rot repair. This service that we offer is invaluable when it comes to protecting your home from the widespread damage that wood rot can yield. We handle each and every project with the utmost care and expertise, resolving all traces of wood rot damage and leaving your home stronger and more structurally sound than when we came. 

Our team is expertly equipped to determine whether a repair or replacement is necessary to tackle your home’s wood damage. We can factor wood repair services into your renovation quote and guarantee that we will find the most cost-effective solution for you.  Let us take care of your home’s wood rot and protect it from any future damage. 

Wet Rot vs. Dry Rot

There are 2 different types of wood rot: wet rot and dry rot. Both are forms of fungal decay that can cause structural damage to buildings and identifying the type of wood rot is the first step to ridding your property of it once and for all. 

Dry rot is the most serious type of fungal decay as it can spread more readily and destroy a large amount of the wood. Wet rot is the most common type of fungal decay but fortunately, it stays confined to the area of the wood that is wet.

How to Identify Wet Rot

Wet rot is a black fungus that appears on wood. It will typically feel soft and spongy to the touch with discoloration present. Damaged paint finish is generally a sign that wet rot fungus is present. However, in some instances, the paint may look fine on the surface but may be rotting from the back. There are also some cases where the decay has dried and you will notice that the wood is cracked and crumbling.

How to Identify Dry Rot

Dry rot fungus leaves deep cracks running across the grain of the wood and when this is present, you will also likely see white sheets (known as mycelium growth) present on the wood. When the fungus is exposed to light, it can have a lemon-yellowish tint to it. When dry rot is present, the wood will be brown and will crumble as a result of the dry rot fungus feeding on the wood. Damage is typically restricted to the wood, however, in extreme cases, there can be large, flat mushroom-like bodies growing through finishes like plaster or paint. 

Where to Inspect for Wood Rot

Using an awl or small screwdriver, inspect locations where wood rot tends to occur. Use your tool to poke into the areas that you suspect have wood rot (i.e. they’re soft or blistered) to see how extensive the rot is. Rot is likely to occur in:

  • Roof framing (if it’s accessible from the attic)
  • The underside of the roof decking
  • Exterior window sills and door thresholds
  • Exposed framing in a basement or crawl space
  • Exterior window and door trim
  • Fascia (the trim that the gutters are often attached to) and rake boards (the trim on the gable end of a roof)
  • Edges of trim, particularly where it meets the ground or the roof
  • Window sills and other exterior wood elements that lay flat and allow water to collect on them

What Causes Wood Rot?

After you’ve identified that wood rot is present on your home, it’s time to address the root cause of the damage and find a solution to replacing or repairing the rotted wood. Wood rot can occur for a number of reasons but it is most often due to the quality of the wood used in construction and the installation method. 

Improper Installation

During the installation process, all sides and ends of the wood used must be primed and painted. The ends of the trim wood are exposed to the elements and when left unpainted, they soak up water from the house and air and start the rotting process. Plus, if the trim wood is installed in a way that it rests on a roof and the end grain is not sealed properly, all that roof water soaks right into the trim wood, causing it to rot. 

The same can be said for wood resting on the ground or directly against masonry or stones. Masonry is very porous and, like a sponge, it soaks up water which it then transfers to the wood. So while the masonry is able to hold up, the wood is not. 

Wood Quality

Most tract housing that has been built over the past 25 years use “finger-jointed” pinewood for the trim. Pinewood is the poorest quality wood to use for trim and typically starts to rot within just a few years. Why? Well, there are a few reasons:

  1. Finger-jointed wood is trim that has been assembled with scraps of wood that are glued together at finger joints. The wood is then machined and primed so it looks great the day it’s installed but it is not a product that’s built to last.
  2. The pinewood typically used to make finger-jointed trim comes from pine trees that are force-grown, resulting in a softer finished product that is less dense than normal wood. 

Your St. George Island Wood Rot Replacement Experts

Rotted wood, at best, is unsightly but if left unaddressed, it can lead to widespread damage that can put the structure of your home at risk. As soon as you see rotted wood around your home, contact the wood rot experts at Builders By The Sea. We can handle all types of wood rot repair projects, large or small.

Our Wood Rot Repair or Replacement Process

Builders By The Sea follows a meticulous process to ensure the best results and prevent future wood rot. Our detailed wood repair or replacement process includes:

  • Inspection and quote: Every wood rot replacement or repair job starts with our team performing a thorough inspection of the property and all instances of wood rot from minor to significant. We discuss what we’ve found with the homeowner and together we’ll develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle the wood rot along with a free estimate that will depend on the severity of the damage and number of areas affected.
  • Replacement and repair: After determining the best course of action, our team of expert contractors will begin repairing or replacing the areas of wood rot using either new wood or PVC materials.
  • Homeowner review: Once all the wood rot has been replaced and/or repaired, our team will walk you through the areas to ensure that all your needs and expectations have been met. We will answer any questions you may have before finalizing the project with paint and sealing.
  • Paint and seal: To round out the wood rot repair process, we will seal the materials to prevent future damage and paint any exposed replacement wood so that it blends in seamlessly with your home’s existing exterior. 

If you are ready to get started and restore your home’s wood exterior to its former beauty, give us a call today.