Spotting Signs of Rotted Trim
Rotted trim is detectable by the visible signs associated with wood that is deteriorating. Trim rotting or dry rot often appears to be run-down, the paint cracked, flaking, or peeling. Rotted trim will also tend to appear discolored or darker in color and may have signs of mold, fungus, or green algae growing on the exterior.
Inspect Your Trim
It’s a good idea to perform a home inspection for trim rot once every couple of years. Walk around your house and examine the trim, focusing on areas where rot is most prevalent, such as the edges of the trim, where it adjoins the ground and roofline, as well as windowsills and other places where water collects.
If the trim rot is advanced, you will see visible indications – trim boards may even show signs of warping. However, if there are no visible signs, push the end of a screwdriver or small knife against the wood to see how it responds. If it is spongy or easily punctured by the tool, the trim is rotted and should be repaired or replaced.
Why it is So Important to Repair or Replace Rotted Trim
Repairing or replacing rotted trim with healthy trim is essential because wood rot will continue to spread throughout your frame and can invade the structure of your home. Wood rot, also know as dry rot, is caused by a fungus that thrives on moist wood and proliferates actively, which means you must eradicate the problem to resolve it – or it will continue to spread and deteriorate the wooden structures of your home. Rotting trim will also eventually disintegrate and fall apart, making it unsafe as well as a detriment to the aesthetic and value of your home.