Wood Rot & Siding Repair

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Problems With Wood Rot

What Is Wood Rot?

Wood rot is the process of your home’s lumber decaying. This happens when your wood surfaces are constantly exposed to water. Fungal spores, which are everywhere, find a favorable environment in the wet wood and begin to spread, decomposing the wood in the process.

Can Indicate Serious Problems

Wood rot is more than just an eyesore. In many areas of your home, wood rot can indicate much more serious problems. Many homeowners mistakenly think that wood rot can only occur in older homes, but exposure to moisture causes this problem, not aging.

Aesthetics

Wood rot is a problem, first and foremost, because it is unattractive. Visible signs of rot on your home, porch, or deck can age your home and make it look unkempt.

Structural Integrity

Wood rot is so much more than just a cosmetic issue. This lumber acts as a framework that supports your home. Rotten, decaying wood loses its structural integrity, leaving the building structurally unsound. What you can see on the outside of the lumber is only an indication of what’s going on inside. It’s usually worse than it looks.

Water Problems

Wood rot indicates that there is a moisture issue. In outdoor areas — such as siding, decks, fascia board, or soffit — these surfaces are exposed to outside moisture constantly. They have to be protected from moisture and maintained well. This includes keeping paint and caulking fresh, using the appropriate materials for outdoor projects, and keeping gutters and splash zones clear.

Prone To Infestations

Wood rot leaves your home prone to insect infestations. Not only does decaying lumber leave your home structurally unsound, but consistently wet wood makes your home’s lumber a playground for termites.

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Water Problems

Wood rot indicates that there is a moisture issue. In outdoor areas — such as siding, decks, fascia board, or soffit — these surfaces are exposed to outside moisture constantly. They have to be protected from moisture and maintained well. This includes keeping paint and caulking fresh, using the appropriate materials for outdoor projects, and keeping gutters and splash zones clear.

Prone To Infestations

Wood rot leaves your home prone to insect infestations. Not only does decaying lumber leave your home structurally unsound, but consistently wet wood makes your home’s lumber a playground for termites.

Where you’ll typically find wood rot: 

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Porches & Decks

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Around Faulty Gutters Or Because Of A Lack Of Gutters

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Wood Siding

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Fascia Boards & Soffits

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Porch Columns

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Around Doors & Windows

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Around Indoor Plumbing

Handyman On Purpose Can Employ A Threefold Strategy In Handling Wood Rot:

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1. Inspection

We offer an onsite, peace-of-mind check-up. This check-up can inspect, in addition to other things, areas of your home that are prone to developing wood rot.

2. Replacement

If the decaying process has already begun, we can replace your rotten wood or siding.

3. Prevention

Handyman on Purpose can also help to prevent wood rot around your home. We can replace caulking that is cracked, repaint to protect your outdoor wood, and clean out gutters to reduce water splashing up on your siding.

If you are planning to sell your home soon we can replace damaged wood before you put it on the market. Hiring a handyman before selling your home is an investment that can save you big.

Replacing wood rot is not a glamorous home maintenance task, but like many areas of home maintenance, it is an investment that will really save you later. It’s critical to address the problem before it gets worse.

Contact Handyman on Purpose today to get started.