Expert Wood Rot Repairs in Boulder, CO and Nearby Areas
Despite advancements in building materials and technology, wood still remains a popular choice for many exterior and interior home constructions. However, because timber is so susceptible to decay when exposed to moisture, it requires considerable maintenance—especially in comparison to plastic materials like vinyl. If you’re seeing any signs of deterioration to your timber structures, such as crumbling, a musty odor, and color changes, contact our Boulder handyman team today about our professional Boulder wood rot repair service.
Our handyman experts have an average of 10 years of experience in the industry and will use only the best, most thorough methods of wood rot repair to restore structural stability to your home. To book your Boulder wood rot repair service today, give us a call at (303) 647-9132. Or, continue reading below for more information on our expert service!
Our Boulder Wood Rot Repair Service
Many of the signs that you need wood siding repair, deck repair, fascia repair, fence post repair, window sill, and window frame repair are synonymous with signs of wood rot. No matter where your timber is or how extensive its structural damage is, our expert team has the experience and knowledge to get your project done right.
When you call us to inquire about our Boulder wood rot repair service, we’ll ask for some additional details about the damage, including where it’s located and the extent of it. For many of our services, we prefer to come see your property in person to accurately assess your damage and provide an accurate project cost estimate.
We’ll always suggest the repair method that we think will be the most effective and affordable for you. In the case of wood rot repair, sometimes this doesn’t mean repair at all but instead means replacement. For example, if you have fence posts that are completely rotted, it may be easiest to simply remove that fence post entirely and replace it with a new, structurally sound post. On the other hand, if you live in an historic home and want to avoid replacing your original porch pillars that have signs of rot, we’ll try to instead remove and fill the affected area.
Our professional handyman team will typically use one of two repair methods during our Bouder wood rot repair service: patching and replacement.
Patching Rotted Wood
If only a small portion of your wooden structure is rotted—approximately 15 percent or less—our technicians may be able to patch the rotted areas. To do this, we’ll follow these steps:
- Remove rotted wood. Using a tool such as a chisel, we’ll carve out all of the rotten wood. Once rot begins, it’s virtually impossible to stop. If any is missed, it will continue to spread beneath the patch.
- Dry wood. The last thing we want to do is seal in moisture. If at all damp, we may use a heat gun to dry it out.
- Apply wood hardener. To restore structural integrity to your remaining timber, we’ll apply a wood hardener. This product will coat its fibers and make them strong and resilient.
- Apply wood filler. With the hardener fully cured, we’ll apply a filler using a plastic putty knife to fill in all holes.
- Sand surface. Using a sanding block, we’ll smooth the patch so that it is flush with the real wood.
- Stain or paint. To avoid needing wood rot repair in Boulder, CO in the future, we strongly recommend having paint or wood stain applied. Something to keep in mind is that filler will be visible beneath a stain, so if you want to hide the repair work completely, painting is a better choice.
In the image below, you can see the results of a patching job we did for one of our clients. We removed the damaged trim, filled in the gaps and painted it to match the rest of their trim.
Replacing Rotted Wood
Though a hardener helps to restore structural integrity, if this repair is done on a surface that must be structurally sound to ensure the safety of your home’s occupants, it’s better to have the area replaced with new timber. This would include rotted decks and stairs. Likewise, if more than 15 percent of the area is rotted, patching can get tedious and, more importantly, costly. Unless your structure has sentimental value, it may be more cost-effective to have its rotten timber replaced.
Our handyman experts are highly skilled in carpentry and can tackle even the most complex of projects. Once they’ve replaced the rotted wood, we again recommend having it stained and sealed or painted.
Below, you can see that our customer’s steps were almost entirely damaged. In this scenario, it made more sense to replace the boards rather than patch them.
We’ll Get The Job Done Right, Guaranteed!
Whether you need wood rot repair in Boulder, CO or one of the many surrounding areas we serve, including Erie, Louisville, and Superior, our team at Mr. Handyman of E Boulder, Broomfield & Erie has you covered. We stand out from our competitors due to our commitment to quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. We consistently achieve these goals through the following actions:
- Offering a one-year Neighborly Done Right Promise
- Being communicative and transparent with our clients through every stage of the process
- Providing free, no-obligation on-site estimates
- Respecting our customers and their homes, taking care to ensure that we leave your space as clean as we found it
- Hiring only the best handyman professionals with tons of experience behind them
- Hiring handyman professionals who enjoy working with customers and share our company value of customer focus
To schedule your on-site estimate with one of our friendly and knowledgeable service professionals, contact us today at (303) 647-9132.
FAQs For Wood Rot Repair In Boulder, CO
What Causes Wood Rot?
Wood rot, also known as decay, is a completely natural process. When timber falls to the forest floor and develops a high moisture content, it becomes a hot spot for fungal growth. There are many different types of fungi, one of which is the common brown-rot fungi. No matter which type ends up on your timber, they’ll consume cellulose and/or lignin within the wood fibers. As they consume these nutrients, the wood breaks down and is recycled by the ecosystem.
Though this is an important environmental process in nature, it’s a huge pain when it occurs within commercial and residential structures. The culprit is mainly water and moisture, as without these, fungi cannot survive on the wood’s surface.
How Can I Prevent Needing Wood Rot Repair In Boulder, CO?
The key to preventing needing a service for wood rot repair in Boulder, CO is creating a moisture barrier between your timber's surface and the elements. As mentioned, the best way to do this is with a stain followed by a sealant. Sealants typically need to be reapplied every two years or so, depending on the level of weather damage.
You can also use exterior paint to cover the wood’s surface. Keep an eye out for paint peeling, as the moment this begins to occur, moisture will be able to penetrate the structure. Repaint your exterior surfaces as needed, but ensure it hasn’t fallen victim to moisture damage already. Your local handyman is more than happy to complete a thorough inspection for you.
Does Home Insurance Cover Wood Rot?
In most cases, wood rot repair in Boulder, CO is not covered by home insurance policies. This is because these policies are intended to protect homeowners from accidental damage. Decay is generally due to a lack of maintenance or improper installation, making it the result of negligence rather than an unexpected and unavoidable accident.
Can I Stop Wood Rot With Vinegar, Borax Or Bleach?
These three products are sometimes recommended as “cures” for decay due to having antifungal properties. Vinegar's high acidity level increases the pH of fungi, thereby stunting their growth, while borax and bleach will kill the fungi.
However, these are typically not permanent solutions. They may interrupt the decay process, but they’ll need to continuously be applied to stop the spread altogether. Additionally, the already-compromised fibers will remain destroyed and require patching or replacement to restore structural integrity.
Can I Fill Rotted Wood With Expanding Foam?
Expanding foam, whether closed cell or open cell, is not a good fix for wood rot repair in Boulder, CO, or anywhere else for that matter. While closed cell expanding foam is completely air and water-tight, all it will serve to do in this circumstance is trap the existing rot within the wood, allowing the decay to continue beneath it.
The best way to fill rotted wood is by using an epoxy consolidant within holes and cracks left behind after removing the decay. This adds structural integrity back into the wood and creates a surface that can be both stained and painted.
Book Your Boulder Wood Rot Repair Service Today
The longer you allow wood rot to spread, the more costly it will be to repair or replace. Take charge of your home’s exterior damage today by booking our professional handyman team’s Boulder wood rot repair service. We guarantee that we’ll remove all decay the first time, or we’ll come back and fix it for no additional cost!
By taking advantage of our free, no-obligation on-site estimates, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. To book your estimate or ask us any remaining questions you may have after reading this page, get in touch by giving us a call at (303) 647-9132 or by filling out our online service request form. We look forward to helping you out with your repair project!