How Do I Stop Wood Rot & Dry Rot From Damaging My Home’s Exterior?
You may need dry rot repair for your home, but it’s even better if you can minimize such occurrences in the first place. Here are a few easy tips to prevent wood rot and dry rot.
- Water causes wood rot, so you need to know the spots of water damage. Check the bases of your door frames and windowsills. Don’t forget to check your garage doors too. Your fascia boards and soffits should also be inspected, as they can sustain damage if your gutters aren’t working properly. You also may have a leaky roof if you have water stains on the ceilings or walls.
- Once you’ve found the water-damaged areas and checked for rotten wood, you then have to replace the rotten wood. You can also use wood putty to repair the damage.
- You also need to fix the root cause of the damage. The problem may be a leaky gutter or roof, and you may also actually have a problem with the design of your window or door frames or your deck handrails.
- Find the surfaces with faded stains, peeling paint, or cracks. Once you’ve repaired the damage, you may want to caulk the seams and joints of outdoor wood structures with acrylic latex caulk, which will lock out the moisture.
- If you have noticeable damage to your siding, fix it right away, as the siding keeps the moisture away.
Have your home inspected for wood rot and dry rot every year. It’s not an expensive service, and you’ll save a lot more money in the long run.
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