Even though it’s not necessarily fun to think about, the surfaces around your home are in a perpetual state of decay. Age, the environment, and countless other factors are pulling and tugging at your property, trying to find a toe-hold. That’s why routine home maintenance is essential, and why properly chosen and applied paint and stain offer so much tangible value.
Being a homeowner means equipping yourself with the knowledge needed to prevent, stop, and repair this breakdown, and to find professionals you can turn to for help.
What Exactly Is Dry Rot?
Dry rot is a fungi that feasts on wood fibers, and specifically those that keep the material strong and rigid. In this case, that tiny toe-hold we mentioned comes in the form of a spore that sets up shop and starts a family in your home’s wood. Despite being called “dry rot,” this spore does require a degree of moisture to flourish.
How Does Dry Rot Form, and Where Can You Find It?
Dry rot can form anywhere that moisture meets wood and remains in contact. For reference, Rogall Painting offers thorough dry rot inspections for our clients, including surfaces such as:
- Edges of siding
- Window frames and sills
- Deck railings
- Deck boards
- ...and more
If you poke around your deck, for example, you may find sections of brittle, weak structural wood that either crumbles away at your touch or has already fallen out. This can be easy to ignore or miss at first unless you’re purposefully looking for it.
Dry Rot Repairs and Replacement
The key to dealing with dry rot is to take a proactive, aggressive approach. This involves routine inspections to find trouble spots that are developing around common weak points, and it also involves swift repair or replacement.
When can you repair rather than replace? This is typically reserved for small, localized cases where we can clearly remove just the infected area. For more widespread issues, wood replacement is the most effective way to be certain that the rot is removed at the source.
Evict Wood Rot Around Your Home, and Show No Mercy
If we can leave you with just one takeaway, it would be the importance of taking an aggressive approach to dry rot control. This will save you from the need for more widespread, expensive, and inconvenient repair, and offers peace of mind when it comes to your home’s integrity.