When is Rotted Wood NOT Really Rotted???

When is Rotted Wood NOT Really Rotted???


As the old saying goes, “If I had a nickel for…”

In this case the 2nd part of this sentence would be

“…every time someone told me that they had rotted wood that needed fixing, I would be a rich man!”


So then…

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me that they had rotted wood that needed fixing, I would be a rich man!

One would think that if someone had rotted wood that needed to be corrected, it would be just that, rotted wood.


Technically this is true.


However, our office constantly fields calls asking for help fixing some type of rotted wood situation where the wood, it turns out, is not really rotted.

I do not blame the person reaching out to us in this situation though.

Many times, people are explaining things to the best of their ability and they simply do not know how to describe what they need fixed other than something being “rotted”.

There are other times, when, even we as Contractors, are fooled.

Sometimes wood appears to be rotted, but when we go to check it, it is actually not rotted.

Properly identifying rotted wood can be a tricky thing.

There are also many times when something appears to be perfectly fine, but when we hit the area with some type of tool, our tool goes right through the wood and it is rotted to its core.


Because wood often rots from the inside out, this situation happens more often than you might think.

I believe it is VERY important to inspect the exterior of your home or business for areas that may appear to be rotted, at least twice per year…

(Once in the Spring & once in the Fall)


It is very important that an effort is made to diagnose these types of situations, as rotted wood trim or finished siding can lead to rotted structural wood behind it.



Rotted wood can also attract carpenter ants, termites, etc. because of how much it holds moisture.

Rotted wood can also encourage mold and mildew growth because of this type of dampness.




Although upon inspection, what appears to be rotted wood may not end up being rotted at all, I would strongly suggest that you err on the side of caution, however, and examine your home or business’ exterior every so often as thoroughly as possible.

If you would like some help or guidance in this area, please feel free to reach out to our office and we would be more than happy to assist you!

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