Rotten wood develops when unprotected wood comes in contact with water and is most likely to begin in small spaces, for example, where a window sill or ledger of a deck meets the house or directly below the roof line or on the threshold of an outside door. It may begin under cracked paint or a piece of siding.
The main problem with wood rot is that it spreads. What begins as a small area of soft wood turns into a major threat to the structural integrity of the house, unless it is treated quickly. The easiest way to find wood rot is to look for discoloration, dampness, crumbles, or cracks. Then poke the suspected wood with a screwdriver. If the wood is soft, you have wood rot.
As a homeowner, you must think about wood rot not only in terms of your home’s structural integrity, but in terms of safety. When wood rot penetrates the boards of a porch or deck, when it weakens risers and balusters, it creates a hazard for anyone walking on the porch, deck, or stairs.
Wood rot attacked a home built in 1955 in Hamilton, Massachusetts. WORKS came in to replace rotted risers, siding, and window trim.
We began this project, as always, by determining if there was an underlying problem, such as a leaking roof, that contributed to the wood rot. We also checked every part of the home’s exterior for less obvious signs of wood rot.
One of the best ways to prevent wood rot is with hard-working gutters. Therefore, we also checked the gutters and spouts.
When it came to making repairs, the WORKS team was ready at every level. We work with epoxy for smaller areas and can replace entire boards as needed. Our painting team is ready to protect the repaired area with exterior paint or siding. We can replace thresholds, decks, doors, and windows; repair and replace roofs; and replace gutters—whatever is needed to keep your home intact, safe, and attractive. Contact us today.