How to Spot Garage Rot
The first step to addressing garage rot is knowing what to look for in terms of damage. The significant areas for rot to occur on garages are the door frame and panels. However, if the rot is terrible, it may also be present on interior portions of the garage, especially if there are leaks where moisture seeps in regularly.
Typical signs of rotted wood on your garage include peeling or flaking paint, discolored or darkened wood, cracks in wood surfaces or structures, spongy or tender wood surfaces, and a smell like mildew. For instance, when inspecting your garage for wood rot, bring along a screwdriver or pocketknife that you can press into wood surfaces that either appears to have rot or are areas open to moisture. If you can easily insert the screwdriver into the wood, which usually has a slightly mushy texture, then the wood has dry rot.
Garage rot is a state of deterioration of the wood in your garage caused by an inundation of moisture, leading to the proliferation of a fungus that thrives on moist wood. Also known as dry rot, the fungus that causes garage rot is a pernicious wood invader that spreads through the profusion of fungus spores that you must remove. Remove the wood rot and restore your garage to a healthy condition.