When your windows are flashed improperly or not flashed at all, wood rot is a natural though unfortunate consequence. If the flashing on your windows is installed incorrectly rain and moisture will penetrate your home, seeping into the wood and making it wet. You might notice water collecting on your window sill or running down your wall, collecting on a floor, or drenching an area of the carpet. These instances of water intrusion are very annoying and are sure signs your windows are leaking.
However, moisture has only to penetrate the inner walls of your home, just beneath the siding, to cause wood rot in your home’s structure. The signs of this kind of home leakage are less visible. You might notice discoloration above or around your window. Or your windows might stop functioning properly.
Both kinds of water intrusion into your home can cause rot, which threatens your home’s integrity. And there are two kinds of wood rot caused by water penetration into your home.
Wet Rot: Wet wood naturally rots over time. Wet rot is the kind of wood rot that occurs when the wood is substantially wet for a duration. Soaked wood will lose its capacity to function correctly, will warp and eventually rot altogether. Such wood is not suitable for your home because it will compromise the structural integrity and can also cause mold, which is a health hazard.
Dry Rot: Dry rot is caused by a fungus that thrives on wet wood. In contrast to wet rot, dry rot can occur in wood that is merely damp or moist. It is estimated that wood, which has a moisture content of just 20%, can develop the dry rot fungus. Dry rot is progressive over time, beginning with tiny reddish spores that cover wood surfaces, then gradually infecting and deteriorating the wood as the fungus develops. Wood that appears to be covered with cobwebs, cotton, or mushroom growths is in an advanced state of dry rot and should be removed and repaired immediately to safeguard your home.
SFW Construction is an expert in dry rot repair and removal, which we provide in tandem with leaking window repair and window installation.