Dry Rot Repair Contractor
Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington
SFW Construction is Portland & Seattle’s premier Dry Rot Repair Contractor. For the last 15 years, SFW Construction has performed more dry rot repairs than any other Portland contractor. What sets us apart is we offer a final solution to dry rot issues. We achieve that by isolating the source of moisture intrusion, conducting a targeted repair to the rotted structure, and installing the appropriate flashing and waterproofing, so the dry rot cannot reoccur. As wet as it is in our region it is critical to eradicating wood rot and fungal growth.
What is Wood Rot and How Does it Affect Your Home?
Dry rot is the leading cause of damage in wood structures in and around the PDX area. Dry rot, which is sometimes called “brown rot,” “wood rot,” and “wet rot” can lead to even more issues like mold and mildew. This is because dry rot is actually a fungi which can grow with no obvious source of moisture. In fact, this strange fungi can actually be fed by moisture in the air! This makes dry rot difficult to spot prior to it spreading and near-impossible to predict. As it spreads, the fungi literally eats away at the wood leaving it dark and crumbly. At that point you can even crush the wood into small chips or powder with your bare hand! Unfortunately, once dry rot begins spreading within a structure, it doesn’t stop.
Where Can Dry Rot Be Found?
As dry rot can infiltrate your home via interior and exterior sources and infest any wood structure, it can be found virtually anywhere in the home. It’s more likely to take hold where moisture is likely to be present, but you can find it in posts, beams, kitchen and bathroom floors and walls, deck framing, deck boards, eaves, roofs, near damaged gutters, foundations, sill plates, window and door framing, siding, cripple walls and crawl spaces, among others. Spotting rot is not always easy, but there are some things you can look for.
Signs That You May Have A Wood Rot Problem:
You notice wood beginning to shrink, darken, or crack.
You can easily penetrate wood surfaces with a screw driver.
There is a musty odor present. Dry rot thrives in damp environments and a musty smell is a potential indicator of fungus.
Wood surfaces are covered in something resembling the skin of a mushroom, or mold.
Floors, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen, feel “springy” or creak when you walk on them.
What You Should Do if You Notice One, or Many, of These Conditions
If any of these signs are present, it’s imperative that you arrange to have a dry rot expert take a look. Ignoring it just means the rot is likely to spread and a relatively minor issue can turn into a major one–with major associated costs! Your first call should be to SFW Construction. We encourage homeowners to do their homework and find a reputable contractor they can trust. It is important to find a contractor that specializes in this specific field. What sets SFW apart from other contractors is our proficiency and willingness to perform high-quality repair work.
Dry Rot Repair Specialist
SFW Construction specializes in identifying dry rot issues and fixing them right. The first step is locating the SOURCE of the dry rot and performing whatever remediation is necessary to prevent it from reoccurring. Then we’ll conduct a targeted repair or replace the affected wood so that your house is as good as new. Very few Oregon contractors can match our experience when it comes to proper rot repair and remediation–in fact, we’re the company that THEY often call to handle their customers’ dry rot needs!
While dry rot is one of our specialties, being a full-service general contractor means that we have the ability to repair any other areas of the house affected by the rot as well. For example, if the rot has damaged to your siding, our siding professionals can replace or repair it as well and paint any affected areas after the repairs are made. If there is damage to (or underneath) the roof, our top-notch roofing crew can conduct a targeted repair for roofing issues as well. It’s easy to find a Portland siding contractor that offers one or two of these services, but SFW Construction excels at virtually any kind of home repair you might need.
Our customers like knowing that, when it comes to home repairs, they only need to deal with one contractor! SFW Construction specializes in identifying dry rot issues and fixing them right. If you have dry rot, make sure it’s taken care of properly and doesn’t become a bigger problem down the line.
Rotten Wood Treatment Inside Your Home
Interior dry rot can be described as dry rot that has spread to the interior portion of the wood products in your home. Those issues that travel behind the weather barrier and walls. Most importantly this could include the wood frames of your walls, ceilings, floors and around windows and doors as well as plywood and particle board on top of these support boards.
Dry rot can enter the interior of your home in several ways. The most common entry points for dry rot to enter your home are under your homes siding, leaking windows and doors, or defective roofing. How does dry rot begin in these areas? It could be the result of improper material installment or simply the slow degradation of material’s over time. Your windows may be improperly flashed, or your siding may be damaged by the elements, and all roofs will eventually leak. In some cases, the dry rot occurs in areas that are not even in contact with the exterior of your home. Leaky pipes, faulty caulking around plumbing fixtures, and damp crawl spaces can lead to dry rot damage. The trickiest thing about dry rot treatment is that all of this can be happening without your knowledge.
So what can be done about these discoveries and how do you go about fixing these potential problem areas? SFW Construction LLC has answers. These issues are often discovered during remodel projects of some kind. Fortunately, SFW Construction has been doing interior and exterior remodeling for over ten years.
Steps To Remediate Dry Rot
Our first mission, upon inspecting the area, is to assess the structural damage caused by the dry rot and discover the entry point for moisture that is causing the problem. We customize the best targeted repair solution to solve your unique situation. After identifying areas affected by dry rot, SFW Construction will take steps to re-mediate the rot.
Next we properly prepare the area to be repaired by erecting temporary dust and debris protection and support structural framing with temporary shoring. We understand it is your home and we take care to ensure that both the property and your home are protected as well as take careful consideration of plants, pets and children or family members who share your home and yard.
Next we remove ALL wood framing members and components with dry rot and treat those areas, cut edges, and cut ends with Copper Naphthenate. These might be in your walls, floors or ceilings, but rest assured nothing is removed without the entire area being supported and everything protected from dirt and construction debris.
After we reconstruct and repair the area SFW Construction will identify and pinpoint the source of the problem that led to the initial rot and take the appropriate steps to ensure this issue doesn’t reoccur. This could involve the use of exterior siding replacement, roof shingle replacement, or repairing or replacing the building envelope or wrapping that goes on top of the wood and under the siding or shingles.
Rest assured that all of our crew members are background checked, certified as professional installers by the building material product manufacturer and go through rigorous training and safety training prior to setting foot on your property.
Exterior Dry Rot Repair Company Services
Dry rot can destroy both the interior and exterior of a structure. Exposed structures like decks or improperly flashed roofs and walls can quickly become infested with dry rot fungus. There are several exterior areas around your home commonly affected by fungal wood rot.
Dry Rot Repair in The Pacific Northwest
From Seattle to Salem we service with care and quality work a large variety of wood framed homes. We professionally treat them for wet weather related and old age related conditions. As exterior home and building experts our teams are skilled and certified to detect, correct and install the best materials. We have nearly 15 years of repairing damaged or improperly installed weather resistant barriers and building envelope related problems.
We do interior and exterior dry rot repair pair service right the first time. This saves you money and protects your home. Exterior dry rot most commonly destroys the plywood or particle board that goes on top of the wooden beams of your roof and wood framed support walls. Certainly it can also attack the exposed portion of wood that hangs over the house as part of the roof eaves. This portion of wood has greater exposure to the outside environment.
After Treating Dry Rot we only use Professional Roofing, Siding and Weather Resistant Barrier Products to prevent it’s return.
Here are some of the brands our teams are professionally trained and certified to install. This ensures proper fitment, durability and that the work and materials are warranted against defects and damages.
Building envelope or wrapper that creates a barrier between moisture and the precious wood below. An industry standard for ensuring that water won’t penetrate the precious wood underneath your siding. Use it or lose it!
James Hardie Siding & Trim
We are proud of our teams certifications to install a variety of industry leading James Hardie exterior siding materials. Easy to maintain and built to withstand Pacific Northwest weather for years!