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Dry rot is caused when water accumulates behind a surface. The rate of decay accelerates with time, resulting in permanent damage. It is common to see this type of structural damage in poorly installed windows, especially window sills. Decks are notorious for having dry rot, too.

How to Repair Dry Rot Wood Surfaces

There are two ways to repair wood surfaces damaged by dry rot.

Replace the wood:

The best option is to completely remove the damaged wood and replace it with new wood or a composite, non-wood product (i.e., PVC, Trex etc.). If you opt to use real wood again, it is best to make sure all surfaces are thoroughly primed and painted. A common mistake in attempting to cut costs and quality occurs when a carpenter removes the wood and replaces it with new wood, priming only the exposed areas. Dry rot may reoccur if all surfaces are not properly sealed.

Patch and Repair:

This is a more economical option. A skilled carpenter can cut out the damaged areas of wood and rebuild the area. He sometimes will use a combination of wood sealer, wood and epoxy. Repairs are made once the surface is completely dry and sealed to prevent further dry rot problems. Most people don’t know the difference between a repair and a full replacement for the short term. Best practice is total replacement of bad materials.

Email us for free estimate

Keller and Keller Construction can evaluate and advise on options to best meet your goals for dry rot repair. We see dry rot often and are accomplished at repair, including painting. We have no high-pressure sales staff, so you will never feel uncomfortable with our business ethic. Our employees are highly trained in repairing your home or structure to meet your needs.

There is no charge for us to evaluate your home and provide an estimate for repairs. For a free estimate, please contact us