Wood rot is a fact of life in Vermont. Wood has been the leading building product in our area. It’s beauty, versatility and strength are hard to beat, but it comes with a big downside: it can rot.
Some of the things that can cause wood rot in your home are:
- Poor flashing on your roof can direct water into the house, causing leaks.
- Poor or non-existent flashing around the siding, deck, doors, windows or trim allows water to seep into the walls. This not only causes extensive damage to walls, paint, and siding but if the water migrates into the framing of the house it can also cause structural damage.
- Poor venting of the house can cause condensation and moisture build-up which can slowly eat away at the structure of the house.
- Dirty or broken gutters that can’t perform their job of channeling water away from the house to an area where it can be absorbed.
Repairing the damage itself is only the first step toward solving the problem. To stop future rot recurrences, you need to identify the underlying cause and correct that as well.