Every year, homeowners end up spending money on repairs due to wood rot. If untreated wood is exposed to moisture and doesn’t have the chance to dry out, you could be facing a wood rot problem. Wood rot causes several problems for homeowners. Not only can it spread to other areas once it starts, but it also attracts wood destroying insects which can be devastating. All Painting & Restoration is here to share some tips to help you avoid wood rot on your home or deck.
How to Tell if Deck Boards Are Rotten
There are several areas on your home that are going to be more susceptible to wood rot than others. The sooner you know about them, the sooner you can be aware of any problems that could potentially arise. Here are some of the areas that you should be aware of on your home.
• Under Eaves & Around Fireplaces– You should be aware of any water staining in these areas that might point to any moisture issues. Make sure your roof is in good condition to avoid this problem.
• Around Doors & Windows– Over time, the caulking around your doors and windows can fail. This is an easy problem to fix with a little bit of caulking before moisture makes its way to the wood.
• Leaking Gutters– If your gutters aren’t working properly, the water damage can be extensive.
• Damaged Painted Surfaces– As your paint ages, you may notice that it starts to crack and peel. This leaves your siding open for moisture to make its way in.
• Leaves on Decks– Leave litter on your deck is a problem because of the moisture it allows to sit against the wood planks that make up your deck.
If there are any areas that you suspect there might be a rot problem, you can put some pressure on the surface and if there is a problem, you will feel it. The surface will feel soft to the touch.
How to Prevent Wood from Rotting
When trying to avoid wood rot on your home or deck, there are some steps you can take.
• Always choose treated wood when constructing a deck. The wood that will have direct contact with the ground should always be pressure treated to protect it.
• Don’t lean anything up against the siding of your home. This can trap moisture against your siding and cause rot.
• Keep your gutters clean and free from debris. This is usually what causes your gutters to end up leaking and causing moisture problems.
• Anytime you are building an outdoor structure, you should paint or treat the wood to give it the protection against wood rot that it needs.
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If you have experienced wood rot on your home or deck, don’t panic. All Painting & Restoration offers wood rot repairs to any customers that may be struggling with it. Our licensed, trained technicians can restore your home deck and leave it in like-new condition. You won’t even know that there was ever any problem. Call us today!