Raleigh’s climate is hard on the wood on the exterior of your home. Our hot, humid summers paired with our cold, sometimes very dry winters put a lot of stress on the parts of wood that are exposed to the elements.
Rotting wood cannot be ignored so before we paint the exterior of your home, we look for signs of wood rot. While cosmetic damage can sometimes be cleaned out like a cavity, then filled and painted, large portions of rotting wood must be replaced before the damage spreads and you’re left with a huge repair bill. Other painting companies either ignore the damage or merely inform you of it, we pride ourselves on our wood rot repair services, which include priming and caulking when needed.
Top-Rated Wood Rot Repair Experts
Rotted wood is one of the worst home repairs to overlook. Deciding to put off repair or replacement can cause serious structural issues and results in much more extensive repairs later. We always recommend addressing your wood rot repair issues when they’re discovered.
Our crew begins by thoroughly inspecting the entire house for damages. If we find anything during our inspection, we notify you of the damage, our recommendations, and how much the repairs will be. Once this has been approved, the wood repair will be rolled into our exterior painting project schedule, and you won’t have to worry about it anymore!
Common Places for Wood Rot
- Siding – Whether your home has vinyl or aluminum siding, chances are the home is still supported by a wood frame. When moisture gets under the siding to the wood below, the environment is perfect for mold, mildew, and fungus. If left untreated, these growths, along with the moisture itself, will weaken the wood.
- Decks and Add-ons – Your deck is exposed to all the elements, all the time. Osborne Painting offers extensive deck inspection to pinpoint areas that need repair or may need it in the future.
- Windows – Rotted wood is common on window sills and window frames. When water accumulates on or around the windowsill, it slowly wears away the existing paint. Since paint acts as a waterproof barrier, its wearing away allows water to seep into the wood and cause rot.
- Doors – Nearly all exterior doors contain wood, making them susceptible to water damage. We pay special attention to the lower sections of the door as they’re prime areas for mold, mildew, and fungus.
- Trim – Wood trim is everywhere, it’s that simple. Let us check your wood trim out to determine areas that are susceptible to rot.
Structural Wood Rot Repair
If your home needs wood repair in addition to exterior painting, we’re here to help. Our team does a thorough pre-painting inspection, and will let you know if we discover any damage before we start painting so you can get ahead of any damage.
Wood Repair FAQ’s
What causes wood rot?
Wood rot is a form of decay caused by the accumulation of moisture and fungi. Fungi develops when wood is continuously damp (fungi will not grow on dry wood). There are several types of fungi that trigger wood rot loosely classified by the general effects they have on wood. These are known as “Brown Rot”, “White Rot”, and “Soft Rot”.
What are the different kinds of wood rot?
Wood rot can come in all different shapes and sizes, but there are three kinds of loosely classified rot: Brown Rot, White Rot, and Soft Rot.
- Brown Rot
- Often known as “Dry Rot” because the surface of the wood appears dry, brown-rot fungi targets cellulose in the wood’s structure. Brown rot thrives at high temperatures, typically between 65-90 degrees, and spreads at an alarming rate once it starts growing.
- White Rot
- Called white rot due to it’s whitish/yellow shade and spongy feel, white rot also occurs in temperatures between 65-90 degrees. The difference between white and brown rot (other than appearance) is white rot breaks down lignin as opposed to cellulose.
- Soft Rot
- Soft rot decomposes wood at a slower rate than brown & white fungi, but thrive in temperatures too hot and too cold for other types to survive, between 0-100 degrees. Soft rot leaves a honeycomb-like appearance in the wood, and is a lot less common in the household than the other types of rot, but can still strike in the right conditions.
How much does it cost to repair wood rot?
The costs to repair wood rot can vary based on a couple of different factors. A few things to take into account are the extent of the infestation, the impacted location, and the professional hired to do the job. Contact our wood rot repair professionals today for a free consultation on pricing for your repair.
How can I prevent wood rot?
In order to prevent wood rot, the most important measure to take is reducing or eliminating excess moisture. This can be as basic as fixing a leaky pike or as difficult as stopping water infiltration through a basement foundation. If moisture can’t be controlled, then the wood should be treated to prevent further growth of the fungus. Borate is an excellent fungicide against dry rot fungus.
Contact Our Wood Rot Repair Experts in Raleigh
Osborne Painting serves homeowners in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Rolesville, North Raleigh, Falls Lake, Creedmoor, North Hills, Knightdale, Brier Creek, Apex and more. Reach out to us today for a custom quote!