Wood is a popular building material in American homes due to its aesthetic appeal, durability, and versatility. Proper maintenance and upkeep can result in a timber home that can withstand the test of time and last for many years. However, wood rot is a common concern that can compromise the structural integrity and appearance of wooden components in a home. It is important to regularly inspect and address any signs of wood rot to ensure the safety and longevity of the home.

Wood Rot: What Is It?

Wood rot, also known as wood decay, is a degradation of wood caused by the growth of fungi on wet wood. Fungal growth is conducive when wood has a moisture content of 20% or more and is unable to dry out adequately or is consistently exposed to moisture.
There are various types of fungi that can cause wood rot, but the three most common types that affect homes are white rot, brown rot, and soft rot. Each type of rot can cause different levels of damage to wood and must be addressed accordingly.

Where In A House Can You Find Wood Rot?

It is important to remember that the presence of certain materials or substances may not always be visible, as they may be concealed within walls or floors.
These materials can be located in various locations, including but not limited to:
  • beneath sinks
  • window frames and windowsills
  • framed doors
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Decks
  • Fences
  • Paneling or siding
  • Thresholds
  • stoops or steps
  • Eaves

How Should Your House Be Prepared for New Siding?

To ensure the safety of your home and expedite the construction process, it is important to properly prepare your home and property. There are several steps that can be taken to accomplish this.
Prepare the Interior of Your Home
To ensure the safety of your home during the installation and removal of siding, it is important to remove any items that may fall from shelves, walls, or lean against walls. This will also expedite the construction process.

Prepare the Exterior of Your Home
To facilitate the construction process, ensure that any patio furniture or firewood that may impede access to the exterior walls is removed. Additionally, consider removing any exterior decorations and covering them to prevent accidental damage.

Develop Contingency
Plans Construction can be noisy and disruptive. To minimize the impact on your daily routine, consider developing alternative schedules or taking additional precautions, such as ensuring the safety of pets, if you work from home.