Rotted Wood Repair: That Rotted White Wood Outside That You Try Not To Look At
Ever notice there’s more than just siding on the sides of your house, and you’ve gotten in the habit of trying real hard not to look at it? There’s strips of wood painted white, and in some places it’s peeling, rotting, or bulging. Maybe there’s some places where there are whole chunks missing, creating what looks like a hole to you, but is actually the front door of another home –for insects, birds, small animals, or who-knows-what kind of life form.
We find there are usually 2 reasons homeowners avert their eyes from this painted woodwork and, frankly, neither of them is a good one. The first reason is that homeowners often do not have a clue who to call to fix it. We all know what happens whenever you call a window company — next thing you know you’ll have a pushy sales-type at your home trying to sell you on a multi-thousand dollar project of changing-out all the windows in your house. And calling a carpenter doesn’t seem right either, assuming the homeowner can even think of the name of someone who goes by that title since you-know-who about 2,000 years ago.
The second reason is homeowners usually have no idea what it would cost to fix this exterior wood, and they fear the worst. Tackling rotted wood repair isn’t always a huge project, provided you know who to call.
By now, you have probably figured out where this is leading to. Just call Fix St Louis. This is exactly the type of project that sets us apart. We are one-stop shopping for home repairs, and we specialize in small jobs like this (although we do big jobs, too). We will come out to your house and provide you with a free and firm estimate at no charge.
But before you call us, we’d like to give you a homework assignment to make sure our visit makes the best use of your time. See if you can find the problem areas before we get there, so nothing is missed. Based upon our experience, here’s where to look:
Garages: The vertical trim on both sides of each door, particularly at the bottom where water splashes-up from the driveway.
Window/Garage Ledges and Headers: These provide flat surfaces where water sits, then gets absorbed into the wood.
Front Porch Columns: Look around the bottoms of your columns, where water splashes-up from the concrete porch.
Fascia & Gutter Boards: No, we’re not trying to impress you with our French. Look-up at the angled sides of your roof (fascia), which are often sun-baked, and the panels on which your gutters are attached, which often get hit with a lot of sun and water.
Picture Frame Trim: Live in a fancy house that has rectangles of decorative trim in the front? Water likes to sit on and destroy that woodwork.
Let’s get together to root-out that rot!