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What homeowners should know about damage from rotted wood

by Vera Oliveira 10/03/2022

Among the various maintenance issues you may encounter as a homeowner, rotted wood is one of the most common. In regions with high humidity and wet weather, your home runs a greater risk of sustaining damage from wood rot.

However, if you find rotted or damaged wood, don’t worry. There are options for replacing or repairing rotted wood to keep your home safe.


Preparation & patching

Removing rotted wood involves two steps: preparation and patching. Throughout the prep phase, you should take out all the rotten wood as much as possible. During the process, consider whether the wood can be restored or if it should be replaced completely. 

To patch the wood, you’ll need to coat problem spots with a two-part elastomer. First, an epoxy wood gel is applied to clean wood. The second step involves molding epoxy to fill in the missing wood. 

After drying and polishing, the patch should match the wood surface texture. However, you may need to paint or stain.


When should I replace rotting wood?

When rotting wood is found on an old porch, decking or siding, it is important to know if it needs repairs. Rotted wood poses potential health risks and liability issues if not addressed. You’ll know wood should be replaced if at least 15% of the mass is rotten.

Rotted wood may be repaired with the removal of rot on the original boards and beams. Afterward, you may apply wood or polyester filler. 


Should I replace or repair rotted wood?

In some cases, it’s easier to just replace damaged timber instead of trying to repair it. 

However, if aspects of your home have personal or historical significance, you might prefer to repair rather than replace. The comparative cost can vary greatly depending on the wood and its purpose - for example, whether it’s structural or cosmetic. 

To keep your home safe and structurally sound, it’s crucial to address rotted wood as soon as possible. While it’s possible to repair and replace rotten wood on your own, you should always consult a professional engineer or contractor before getting started.

About the Author
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Vera Oliveira

 

I am focused, self motivated, dream big and am committed to act in the best interest of my clients!

As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information.

I am eager to serve you.

When it's time to move, you need someone who will have an innovative marketing plan to advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need from start to close.

Mission Statement: 

My goal is to educate my clients to the current real estate market conditions, represent customers and clients in the best possible manner to help them to achieve their real estate dreams, and skillfully negotiate their transaction to reach a successful and stress-free closing.I've been in sales for over 25 years and my mission is simple: To help my clients to reach their goals and exceed their customer service expectations.

My Background:

 I am originally from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, however Massachusetts has been my home since 1988. I am married and have 4 wonderful children. I am blessed with loved ones and friends in my life. I love being a mom, wife, spending time with my family and friends, good movies, and healthy conversations. My dream is to travel and study architectural characteristics throughout the US. I discovered my passion for real estate in 2001 when I got my license and started to work at Coldwell Banker in Waltham. I soon realized that I can make a difference guiding sellers and buyers throughout their real estate transactions and that helping people to reach their real estate goals thrills me.