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SFW Construction is the Premier Dry Rot Repair Contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2005, SFW Construction has performed more dry rot repairs than any other Portland or Seattle contractor. What sets us apart is that we offer a comprehensive and 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 start eradicating wood rot and fungal growth.

What is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is the leading cause of damage in wood structures in the Pacific Northwest. Dry rot, which is sometimes called brown rot, wood rot, and wet rot can lead to even more issues like mold and mildew. This makes dry rot difficult to spot prior to it spreading—and nearly 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.

Dry Rot Detection

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. Spotting dry rot is not always easy, but there are some things you can look for.

Common Signs That You May Have Dry Rot

  • 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 Any 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. You should contact us for a free consultation. It is important to find a contractor that specializes in this specific field. What sets us apart from other contractors is our proficiency and willingness to perform high-quality repair work. We welcome these types of projects—it’s what we do everyday.

Dry Rot Remediation

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 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.

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Dry Rot Repair

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.

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.

Siding Repair

Areas beneath the siding of your home can be affected by several factors as well. If your windows have not been properly flashed, damage may occur in the form of dry rot.

Roof Repair

Roof and skylight flashing is a common entry point for moisture to enter your roof system. This can lead to dry rot, costly roof repairs, and/or full roof replacement project.

Gutter Repair

Gutters, even when installed correctly, can become loosened by the wind or simply clog resulting in water draining onto the wood sheathing beneath the roofing of your home.

Dry Rot Repair in The Pacific Northwest

From Seattle to Salem, we service clients with care and quality of work. We work with 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 been in the business of repairing damaged or improperly installed weather resistant barriers and building envelope related problems since 2005.

We do interior and exterior dry rot repair services right the first time saving you time and money—while protecting your home. Exterior dry rot most commonly destroys the plywood or particleboard that goes on top of the wooden beams of your roof and wood-framed support walls. It can also attack the exposed portion of the wood that hangs over the house as part of the roof eaves. This portion of wood has the greatest exposure to the outside environment.

Trusted Partners, Superior Brands, and Proven Products

We only work with the best! Our construction crews are factory certified installers for the best brands and products to ensure your repair or replacement job is done right and the problem won’t return again.