If you live in the south, chances are one of your favorite parts of your home is your deck. Cookouts, star gazing, gardening, rocking chairs – just a few of the many reasons decks are loved. But in order to keep the good times comin’ you need to make sure you’re protecting your deck from rotting. Harsh elements – sun, rain, snow, hot, and cold temperatures – can wear down your wood to the point where moisture is allowed to enter, which causes rot. Rotting is unattractive, decreases the value of your home and is a safety hazard for you and your family. Keeping up with home maintenance can prevent wood rot.
This is not just for vanity reasons. Paint protects the wood from the elements. When the house is not repainted regularly, moisture enters the wood and begins the rotting process. Depending on the climate, conditions and quality of materials, houses need to be painted every 3-8 years. Since Woodstock has a fairly temperate climate, your wood probably only needs to be repainted about every 5 years. However, you should make annual/semi-annual checks to be aware of potential trouble areas.
Don’t let moisture accumulate
Moisture is the main cause of rot, so it’s important to eliminate all sources of moisture when possible. Keep your gutters clean. Clogged gutters are a major cause of trim and roof rotting. On a similar note, be sure to to remove organic debris buildup from your deck. Scrape out the dirt and leaves between boards so that rain can wash through instead of accumulating on top.
Seal holes near windows, doors and vents
Even tiny cracks and holes can allow water into your home and cause wood rot. Be sure to fill areas that are cracked or split to prevent rot and keep those holes from getting worse. Caulking and sealing are simple and effective.
If you think you might have rotting wood, check out our advertisers’ directory for a list of local home service providers that can assist you with a diagnosis and treatment plans.