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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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: