How To Repair Rotting Wood As We Did For This Client’s Home

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Process for repairing rotten wood in Ann Arbor

How to repair rotting wood can be done in 11 steps. Fix the cause, measure to see what you need, get new wood, prime, install, and paint it for protection.

Find all the steps and more below-

When Water And Fungi Team Up

“Saaarraaahhh! Come take a look at this real quick,” Jason calls out.

Sarah skips over to where Jason is standing in the backyard. “What’s up?” Jason sighs and points to part of their wooden porch. “Looks like we have some rotting wood on the porch here. We need to get it fixed ASAP.”

Rotting wood and peeling paint

“Oh no! Is our porch even safe to be on right now?” Sarah asks anxiously. “I don’t know, it depends on how bad the damage is. I wouldn’t host people on it, though, just in case,” Jason replies.

Sarah frowns. “Do you know how to repair rotting wood or do we need to hire someone?” Jason sighs and scratches his head. “I’ll look up the process and see if I can DIY. If not, we can hire a carpentry service.”

Jason gets out his phone to look it up as Sarah nods in agreement with his suggestion. After some searching, here is what he finds:

What Causes Wood Rot?

When wood stays damp for too long fungi start to form on it. There’s the old play-on-words of “fungi being a fun-guy”, but here it’s anything but. These fungi can cause 3 different types of wood rot:

  1. Soft Rot: this causes the wood to break down and take on a honeycomb-like appearance.
  2. Brown Rot: often called dry rot because it makes the surface of the wood look dry, brown rot causes the wood to shrink, turn very brown, and breaks it down into cube-like shapes.
  3. White Rot: this causes the wood to take on a whitish or light-yellow shade as it breaks down.

Whatever the rot is, it’s bad and only gets worse. That’s why knowing how to repair rotting wood is useful.

Extensive wood rot on a house

How To Repair Rotting Wood In 11 Steps

  1. Find out the cause for the rotting wood
  2. Fix the problem
  3. Measure the amount of wood that needs replacing
  4. Determine if you want to replace it with wood or a composite material
  5. Remove the rotting wood
  6. Check for more damage behind the wood and repair it
  7. Cut the new boards to fit
  8. Prime the new wood
  9. Install new wood
  10. Caulk the gaps
  11. Paint with 2 coats of an acrylic paint
Repair rotting wood and painting exterior trim

Fixing the cause is the most important part. The easiest part to control is the moisture. Stop the leak, prevent the fungi from growing as quickly.

Replacing wood with composite material is a great idea. It’s less prone to rotting, doesn’t cost as much, and it’s easier to maintain.

Painting the wood helps protect it from sun and water damage. It can also deter termites and other wood eaters.

Repairing The Rotting Wood Porch

The couple calls Tribble Painting instead of trying to DIY the project. They’ve used Tribble in the past so they know the quality of their work. This team also knows how to repair rotting wood (they run across it a lot on their painting projects.)

Before repairing the porch

The couple and the Tribble team get on the same page about the project. They schedule an estimate so the Tribble team can get a better idea about what’s needed.

Todd Tribble shows up to do the estimate. He takes a look at the damage and gives the couple an estimate. The couple puts down a 10% deposit and gets their wood rot repair project on the schedule.

On the day of the project, Tribble’s team promptly arrives at the agreed-upon time, headed up by Weston.

Weston with Tribble Painting

The clients already know he’s the project manager. Tribble sent them an email telling them who it would be so they’d know beforehand. Weston takes them on a pre-job walkthrough. This makes sure everyone is still on the same page and Weston knows exactly what the couple wants. Then, the Tribble team gets to work.

Checking the progress for repairing rotten wood

They find that there is a lot more wood rot under the surface than they first thought. Weston talks with the clients about this and gives them a rough idea of what the new cost will be. They’re okay with it so they fill out a change order so Tribble Painting can continue the work.

The project ends without a problem and the couple now has a nice and safe porch again.

After repairing the porch

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“Let’s have another couple over to celebrate! We can stay out here because it’s open-air,” Sarah suggests. “That’s a great idea! While you plan that, I’m going to see what else I can find on Tribble’s blog,” Jason replies.