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Like many Pacific Northwest homeowners, you’ve probably heard of dry rot. You might have already hired a contractor to fix dry rot problems in the past. Ever wonder why dry rot keeps coming back? It doesn’t have to be that way, and if repaired correctly—it won’t. We offer a comprehensive and final solution to dry rot issues by isolating the source of moisture intrusion, conducting a targeted repair, and installing the appropriate flashing and waterproofing materials.

This type of repair prevents the dry rot from coming back.

Dry Rot Removal in Three Steps

Three Step Dry Rot Repair Process

INSPECTION
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. After identifying areas affected by dry rot, we will take steps to remediate the rot.

DISCOVERY
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. We take careful consideration of plants, pets, children, and family members who share your home and yard.

REPAIR
Then we remove all wood framing members and components with dry rot and treat those areas, cut edges, and cut ends with Copper Naphthenate. Dry rot might be in your walls, floors, or ceilings. Rest assured, we don’t remove anything until the entire area is supported and protected from dirt and construction debris. After we repair the area, we will pinpoint the source of the problem. Then, we’ll take appropriate measures to ensure this issue doesn’t reoccur. The solution could involve the use of exterior siding replacement, or repairing the building envelope that goes on top of the wood and under the siding.

Kind Words From Our Homeowners

Our house has extreme dry rot down to the studs in an area that had been hidden by the prior owner in an effort to flip the home. SFW did a phenomenal job getting down to the furthest extent of the rot, replacing studs, siding and remediating the roof and deck to prevent future problems. If you want an honest company with high-quality tradesmen and women, SFW is well worth the cost.

AJ P., Portland, Oregon

I am currently closing on a home and will be taking ownership tomorrow. Unfortunately, my siding had issues and some dry rot around the windows. I contacted SFW Construction to find out more about the issue and a possible siding and dry rot repair. I was very worried about what I would hear, but the staff helped answer all my questions. They made me feel more informed about my project.

Mirabella H., Portland, Oregon

Due to the way our house was built the design allowed for massive water damage. SFW has the capacity to handle any repairs or reconstruction we may need. One source for it all. We knew step-by-step where we were in the process. The communication was helpful, especially not knowing How much dry rot we were looking at. We would recommend SFW to anyone in need of help with dry rot!

Cheri P., Portland, Oregon

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?

Dry rot can infiltrate your home via interior and exterior sources and infest any wood structure. It’s more likely to take hold on the exterior of your home or commercial building but can appear anywhere moisture is present. You can find it in: 

  • Siding, Trim, Windows, and Door Framing
  • Deck Framing and Boards 
  • Posts and Beams
  • Roofs, Eaves, and Near Damaged Gutters 
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Floors and Walls
  • Foundations, Sill Plates, Cripple Walls, and Crawl Spaces

Spotting Dry Rot Is Not Always Easy

Spotting dry rot is not always easy, but there are some common signs you can check. If you think you have dry rot, look at the “common signs” list below, take a few pictures of the affected area, and reach out to us for a no-pressure, free consultation.

Common Signs You May Have Dry Rot

  • You Notice Wood Beginning to Shrink, Darken, or Crack

  • You Can Easily Penetrate Wood Surfaces with a Screwdriver.
  • There is a Musty Odor Present

  • Bathroom or Kitchen Floors Feel “Springy”

  • Cracked or Peeling Paint Around Windows, Doors, and Trim

  • Wood Surfaces are Covered in Something Resembling the Skin of a Mushroom

Dry Rot Remediation

Dry Rot Repair Specialist

We specialize 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 happening again. Next, 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. We’re the company that they often call to handle their customers’ dry rot needs.

As a full-service general contractor, we can repair any other areas of the house affected by the dry rot as well. For example, if the rot has damaged your siding, we can replace or repair it as well and paint any affected areas. 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 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.

Dry Rot Treatment Inside Your Home

Interior dry rot is 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 home’s siding, leaking windows, and doors, or defective roofing. It could be the result of improper material installment, or merely the slow degradation of the materials over time. Improperly flashed windows, or damaged siding by the elements, and all roofs will eventually leak.

In some cases, dry rot occurs in areas that are not in contact with the exterior of your home. Leaky pipes, faulty caulking around plumbing fixtures, and damp crawl spaces can also lead to dry rot damage. All of this can be happening without your knowledge. Fortunately, SFW Construction has been doing interior and exterior remodeling since 2005. We’ve seen it all, so if you think you have dry rot, contact us for a free consultation.

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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.