If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
If you have wood siding, you likely know that regular maintenance is important to keep it looking good. There is an even more important reason than appearance, though – without maintenance, wood siding can develop rot. This rot can lead to all sorts of problems within your home, such as water damage or mold growth. The following guide can help you prevent rot as well as recognize it early before it becomes too problematic.
Repair damage promptly
Even a small nail hole can let moisture into the wood siding. From this small bit of damage, the wood will begin to swell and the fibers will break down. Within a short time the siding may begin to rot. Get in the habit of surveying your siding every month or two for any small bits of damage, including holes or cracks. You can fill these in with a wood putty to keep moisture out. It's important to fill them in immediately, even if you aren't able to paint over the area right away. A bit of visible putty is much more attractive than a rotting house.
Maintain the paint
The main barrier between your wood siding and rot is the paint. If you notice peeling, bubbling, or worn paint, then the wood is now exposed to moisture and in danger of rotting. How often you need to repaint depends on the sun and weather exposure, so it's better to use the condition of the paint as a guide. You will need to scrape off any peeling or bubbling paint before adding a new coat.
Get rid of mold
Mold often grows on siding, especially if the area is shaded or moist. This leads to the perfect conditions for wood rot. Begin mold management by trimming back plants and bushes so that they don't touch the siding. Then, remove the mold with a diluted bleach solution or with a mold-killing siding cleanser. You can use a soft bristled brush, but avoid hard abrasives that could damage the wood.
Plan for replacements
If you suspect a rotten board, it's vital that you have it replaced immediately. You can check for rot by gently probing the board with a flat screwdriver. The screwdriver shouldn't dent or puncture siding that is in good condition. Contact a siding contractor in your area to have the board replaced with a matching style. You may also want to consider upgrading to a lower maintenance siding option, such as steel or vinyl.
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