Rotted Wood Repair

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When receiving a new coat of exterior painting, almost every home will have wood that has become rotten and is in need of replacement. This wood rot is caused by weather damage, such as rain, snow, or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Some of the most commonly affected areas include siding, trim, windows, doors, sills, and railings. Other causes can also be to blame for wood-rot, including leaking plumbing or improperly installed gutters, etc.
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Before any major exterior paint job, it is imperative to have any rotten wood replaced. Painting over rotten or damaged wood will only lead to further problems in the future, as well as further costs. Ideally, any rotten wood should be removed from the work surface, replaced, and then primed and painted to ensure quality appearance and function. In addition, if the improper installation of other products (i.e. gutters, plumbing) is to blame for wet rot, these problems should also be addressed.

Preventing exterior wood rot on your home

Especially in New England, the exterior wood on your home needs serious protection from wood rot. Houses may experience structural damage if wood rot is left unchecked. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent wood rot – let’s dig in:

Why does exterior wood rot?

Wood rot is a form of decay triggered by moisture. For example, in the Boston area, water may puddle on your deck floorboards and take a day to dry after a rainstorm. Or your exterior trim that’s near the ground might soak up moisture and take a while to dry out. When this happens, microscopic organisms that can get inside the wood can cause it to rot. This, in turn, weakens the fibers of the wood and causes the integrity of the wood to be compromised.

If you already have wood rot on your home’s exterior, you need to replace the wood in those spots. Nonetheless, it cannot be stressed enough – if the wood on your home’s exterior is rotted, you cannot paint over it to fix the rot. If you paint over wood rot, the paint will peel, and more moisture will seep into the wood.

What parts of my exterior are most vulnerable to wood rot?

Most of the time, moisture gets into cracks in the wood and underneath cracked or peeling paint. The photo below gives you a sense of many vulnerable areas for wood rot on your home’s exterior.

How many sides of the wood should I paint when installing new wood?

Prime all 6-sides of the board – even the cuts – the primer will help keep moisture out and prolong the longevity of the wood. When installing new wood you should prime all 6-sides of the new board to prevent wood rot and increase the longevity of the wood.

Is pressure-treated wood less prone to wood rot?

Yes. Pressure-treated wood undergoes a chemical process in a pressure chamber to make it more durable and less prone to decay. As a result, decks, fences, floating docks, and other structures are prime uses of pressure-treated wood in Massachusetts.

Please take a look at our carpentry work – rotten clapboards, trims replacement, rotten wood repair, and see what our customers have to say about us or contact us for a free estimate.

Wood rot repair coverage area:

We serve all cities listed even though you may see only a partial list below. Locations are listed below alphabetically. For rotted wood repair services outside these areas please contact us for wood rot repair pricing and scheduling.

Abington MA, Acton MA, Adams MA, Amesbury MA, Amherst MA, Andover MA, Arlington MA, Ashland MA, Attleboro MA, Auburn MA, Avon MA, Ayer MA, Barre MA, Bedford MA, Bellingham MA, Belmont MA, Berlin MA, Beverly MA, Billerica MA, Blackstone MA, Bolton MA, Boston MA, Boxborough MA, Braintree MA, Bridgewater MA, Brockton MA, Brookfield MA, Brookline MA, Burlington MA, Cambridge MA, Canton MA, Carlisle MA, Carver MA, Charlton MA, Chelmsford MA, Chelsea MA, Chicopee MA, Clinton MA, Cohasset MA, Chestnut Hill MA, Concord MA, Danvers MA, Dedham MA, Deerfield MA, Douglas MA, Dorchester MA, Dover MA, Dracut MA, Dudley MA, Dunstable MA, Duxbury MA, East Bridgewater MA, Eastham MA, Easton MA, Essex MA, Everett MA, Fall River MA, Fitchburg MA, Foxboro MA, Framingham MA, Franklin MA, Gardner MA, Gloucester MA, Grafton MA, Groton MA, Hanover MA, Hanson MA, Harvard MA, Haverhill MA, Hingham MA, Holden MA, Holliston MA, Holyoke MA, Hopedale MA, Hopkinton MA, Hudson MA, Hyde Park MA, Jamaica Plain MA, Leicester MA, Lancaster MA, Leominster MA, Lexington MA, Lincoln MA, Littleton MA, Lynn MA, Lowell MA, Lynnfield MA, Malden MA, Manchester-by-the-Sea MA, Needham MA, Natick MA, Marlborough MA, Maynard MA, Marblehead MA, Mattapoisett MA, Medfield MA, Medford MA, Melrose MA, Mendon MA, Merrimac MA, Methuen MA, Middleborough MA, Middleton MA, Mansfield MA, Medway MA, Milford MA, Millbury MA, Millis MA, Milton MA, Nahant MA, Nantucket MA, Northborough MA, Norfolk MA, North Andover MA, North Reading MA, North Attleboro MA, Northbridge MA, Norton MA, Norwell MA, Northampton MA, Norwood MA, New Bedford MA, Newton MA, Plainville MA, Peabody MA, Pembroke MA, Pepperell MA, Plymouth MA, Quincy MA, Randolph MA, Reading MA, Revere MA, Rochester MA, Rockland MA, Rockport MA, Roslindale MA, Salem MA, Salisbury MA, Saugus MA, Scituate MA, Seekonk MA, Sharon MA, Southborough MA, Southbridge MA, South Walpole MA, Shrewsbury MA, Sherborn MA, Shirley MA, Somerset MA, Somerville MA, Spencer MA, Sterling MA, Stoneham MA, Stoughton MA, Stow MA, Sturbridge MA, Sudbury MA, Sutton MA, Taunton MA, Tewksbury MA, Topsfield MA, Townsend MA, Tyngsborough MA, Upton MA, Uxbridge MA, Waban MA, Webster MA, Waltham MA, Watertown MA, Wayland MA, Westborough MA, West Boylston MA, Westford MA, Westwood MA, West Roxbury MA, Weston MA, Walpole MA, Wakefield MA, Wareham MA, Weymouth MA, Wrentham MA, Wilmington MA, Winthrop MA, Winchester MA, Whitinsville MA, Wellesley MA, Woburn MA, Worcester MA.

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