Throughout the seasons, sunshine, moisture, wind, and cold temperatures cause great damage to our exterior woodwork. Exposure to these elements often leaves us finding rotten boards in our siding, trim, decks, fences and railings. Sometimes a small patch of rotten wood can be cleaned out like a cavity, then filled and repainted. Usually, however, the best solution to rotten wood is to replace the board.
Rot in wood comes primarily from water intrusion, warmth, absence of light, and lack of fresh air circulation. Mold spores get in to wood with water, for example, when rain runs through a crack or crevice of wood it can produce mold by carrying particles of dirt which can turn into mold. When mold is in an optimal environment (such as a moist wood crevice), it starts to spread by way of mycelium (threads of mold branching off from the parent colony). Damp or untreated wood can also easily become home for termites and critters that can quickly deteriorate wood.
Not only is mold and rotting wood detrimental to your home and exterior woodwork, it also can be hazardous to health. Therefore when you have rotting wood, replace it as soon as possible. In an effort to economize, homeowners sometimes try to replace only the rotten portion of a board. This is not ideal because it creates more seams in your woodwork, and each seam is both a visual flaw and a possible leak point where more mold can be produced.
Bear Mountain Painting is a family owned painting company serving North Georgia that also provides carpentry repair services. We can replace rotten wood siding, trim, deck boards and railings. We can upgrade old windows and doors, and even remodel a bathroom or kitchen.
Now is a great time of year to repair your deck and exterior wood work before the festivities of late Spring and Summer begin.
Call us at 678-455-2887 for a free estimate, or contact us online.