French drains is another one of those confusing construction terms that really doesn’t tell you what it does. If we used the phrase more often, like French doors or French toast, you might know what they are. We know sinks, bathtubs and washing machines have drains to move wastewater out of our homes, and we … Read More
The last thing homeowners want to think about is wood rot repairs. You're more interested in making home improvements to enhance your home, especially ones you can see and enjoy. Wood repairs done right, are invisible ... and yes, they're necessary.
In fact the longer you delay dealing with wood rot, the more costly the repairs becomes. To translate this into dollars and cents, read Rotted Window Sill & Estimating Repair Costs. It's clear small repairs you can make yourself in 1 to 2 hours, are preferable to hiring someone to replace a window ... years after the wood rot started!
Where Wood Rot Repairs are Needed
We've got articles on how to inspect your home's exterior for wood rot and steps to take, to avoid water problems before there's damage.
- Series on Water & Wood Rot Repairs - roof, siding and exterior trim, windows, doors and decks.
- Tips to Prevent Wood Rot - French Drains for Water Drainage Problems and Composite Decking or Rot-Resistant Wood.
- 8 Wood Rot Repairs Your Home Might Need.
- ... and Home Emergencies: How to Shut the Water Off (before it causes wood damage).
Wood repair is one of the most common home repairs because your house has a lot of wood. Most (not all) wood rot occurs on your home’s exterior where your home gets wet and water doesn’t run off or evaporate. While some home repairs might seem optional, you’ll save money by making wood rot repairs … Read More
Water leaks aren’t something we think about until we find a puddle on the floor or wet things in the kitchen cabinet under the sink (it happens to everyone so a word of warning, don’t store valuable things under faucets). An unlimited supply of fresh water is something we take for granted – long showers, … Read More
Composite decking is a familiar choice for the homeowner who prefers low-maintenance decking. Composites are at least partially made from HDPE or PVC, and contain organic filler material such as wood fibers or flax. This decking material is meant to last much longer than a 100% organic decking material like pressure-treated lumber. The benefit of … Read More
Homeowners assume after a few years, that they’ve learned how to care for houses. Home maintenance might be similar when you buy a home with similar characteristics, in the same part of the country but there are many differences between homes in California and New England — different siding, different weather, different amounts of rain! … Read More
Wood trim is vulnerable to wood rot because it sticks out from your house. This means it’s exposed to more wind, sunlight, rain and other elements than most of your home. If you don’t inspect and paint any exposed wood consistently, then water is able to penetrate the wood and wood rot begins. When building … Read More
Decks are supposed to be beautiful and they are when designed, installed and maintained properly. Many decks have problems when they were not designed or installed/extended properly, often after as an add-on after a home is built. When the customer called initially, he was looking for some quick repairs before a party he was planning. … Read More
When siding repairs are deferred as the house at left illustrates, the repair costs increase significantly. The home owner claimed they didn’t realize the damage was there until finishing a basement bedroom for their daughter … and there was a hole the size of a fist, open to the outdoors? The problem started with leaves … Read More
Wood rot is frequently found in door thresholds, kick plates and the surrounding trim. The rot is caused by too much water that splashes up from the landing immediately below the door. When the water doesn’t dry right away, i.e. if it finds its way into cracks, that is when wood rot starts. Building codes … Read More
Wood windows need a lot of care and you probably don’t realize how many windows your home has. My condo has 26 windows, fewer than my Victorian which was quite a bit larger, so you probably have more than you realize. If you calculate even 20 minutes of maintenance per wood window each year, that … Read More