Wood Rot Repair and Paint

Wood Rot Repair and Paint

Every family in Pleasant Hill, CA, wants to live in a home that makes them feel safe and secure – not to mention a home that looks great. But if there’s wood rot in your home, not only is it an eyesore, but it should also be considered a warning sign that your home’s safety may be compromised. If left unaddressed, wood rot can cause structural damage to your home. At this point, your concerns shift from aesthetics to safety. 

To keep your home in good condition and ensure your and your family’s safety, repairing or replacing wood rot before painting is critical. 

You may be able to successfully repair wood rot if the damage it causes is only minor and insignificant. But if the rot spreads to the structurally important areas of your home, such as beams and joists, replacement is the best option. 

Missing a single piece of wood due to rot may harm the rest of your home’s structure, depending on the root cause of the rot or how structurally significant the affected wooden part is. You may be tempted to deal with the wood rot by yourself to save money. But if you are truly concerned about safety in your home, hiring a professional painter is the wisest move.

Signs of Wood Rot

Wood rot is a common issue in homes, particularly in areas exposed to moisture. It’s caused by fungi that thrive on damp wood, leading to decay. Recognizing the signs of wood rot early can prevent more significant damage. Here are the primary indicators to watch for:

  • Discoloration – Wood affected by rot may change color, typically becoming darker, but it can also appear lighter, turning white or yellowish. The discoloration is often different from the surrounding healthy wood.
  • Musty odor – A musty, moldy smell is often associated with damp conditions and wood rot. Even if you don’t see visible signs of rot, a persistent musty odor can be a clue.
  • Soft, spongy, or crumbly wood – This is one of the most evident signs. If the wood yields easily under pressure or has a spongy texture, it’s likely experiencing rot.
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper – Moisture that leads to wood rot can also cause paint or wallpaper to peel away from the walls, revealing the damaged wood beneath.
  • Visible fungal growth – White, yellow, or brownish patches, threads, or mushroom-like growths on the wood surface indicate fungal activity, a precursor to or sign of active wood rot.
  • Swelling or warping – Excessive moisture can cause wood to swell or warp. Even if rot hasn’t set in, this warping can indicate conditions conducive to rot.
  • Cracks or splits in the wood – As the rot progresses, the wood may crack or split apart, weakening the structural integrity of the wood.

To manage wood rot, it’s crucial to identify and rectify the source of moisture contributing to the problem, eliminate the rotted wood, and replace it with new, treated wood or an alternative material resistant to decay. Regular inspections, particularly in moisture-prone areas, can help detect wood rot early and prevent extensive damage.

Signs of Wood Rot

Our Services

At Custom Painting, we start the repair and replacement process by assessing the extent of damage to determine which parts of the wood need to be repaired or replaced. 

Proper replacement wood selection, preparation, and paint are crucial to ensure that repair or replacement matches the surrounding carpentry. In doing so, your home’s overall appearance is maintained. And more importantly, you will rest easy knowing that your home is safe to live in again.

Replacing wood rot involves several steps. It may take a while or a few days before all wood rot has been replaced and the wooden parts are restored, depending on the extent of the damage. Here’s what our crew generally does to repair or replace wood rot:

  1. Assess the damage – Our crew identifies the extent of the wood rot. Determine if it’s localized or if it has spread to nearby areas. We make sure to remove all damaged wood to prevent the rot from spreading further.
  2. Treat the area – Using the appropriate materials and supplies, our crew applies a wood preservative to the exposed area to prevent future rot, then lets it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Prepare the replacement wood – We replace the affected area with new wood. We always ensure that the replacement wood has the same size and shape as the section we’ve cut out.
  4. Install the replacement wood – We affix the replacement wood using screws or nails, making sure that it’s securely attached to the surrounding structure.
  5. Fill gaps and holes – If there are any gaps or holes between the replacement wood and the surrounding structure, we fill them with wood filler or epoxy resin, smooth out the filler with a putty knife, then allow it to dry completely.
  6. Sand the area – Once the filler has dried, our crew sands the repaired area to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections. It will also help the paint or stain adhere better to the wood.
  7. Apply finish – Finally, our crew applies paint or wood stain to match the surrounding wood. We always follow the product manufacturer’s instructions for application and drying times.

Once the project is done, we would advise homeowners to do regular inspections and maintenance to prevent future wood rot. Homeowners should keep the area clean and well-maintained, as well as consider applying a protective sealant or paint to further protect the wood.

Choose Custom Painting, Inc.!

When you need someone to repair or replace wood rot, where do you turn to?

Custom Painting, Inc. has the following reasons to be the next company to partner with for your house painting project:

  • Over 40 years of experience in the industry.
  • A dedicated team of painters and project managers. 
  • Experienced, licensed, and insured painters and carpenters.
  • Transparent, detailed, and itemized job estimates – for free!
  • Compliance with work safety standards.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Surface and worksite preparation.
  • After-painting cleanup.
  • High-quality workmanship.
  • Long-lasting results.
  • Flexible schedules.
  • Flexible payment options.
  • We stick to our deadlines.
  • Free color consultation.
  • Contracts, warranties, and guarantees in writing.

Contact Us!

If you need a painter to repair or replace wood rot, Custom Painting, Inc. will help restore it to its former beauty and maintain your home’s safety. Call us at 925-686-0903 or fill out this online form to schedule an appointment with us!