Wood Rot Repair and Prevention

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Well, it is that time of year again. The rains have stopped, the taxes are filed, and we are thinking about home projects to get done before summer hits.  It's time to take inventory of the outside of your home. Here are a few pointers on how to maintain the envelope and ultimately the health of your home. 
Take a good look at the area just under the roof. This is the area which takes the most abuse and also does the heavy lifting to keep the water out. It is also the spot where squirrels and the like try to enter your home. This includes the fascia board and rake molding. If you can't get a good look from the ground, try binoculars.
Keep your gutters clean. The saying "out of sight, out of mind" really applies here. Every fall gutters fill up with leaves and pine needles.  It doesn't take long until the gutters get clogged and water begins to spill over the edges. Now we have two problems. The fascia board will begin to fail and rot and becomes a welcome station for insects to chew. The second is that now water is hitting the ground instead of the downspouts and is seeping into your crawl space or basement.
 
Take a look at the sill (bottom parts) and trim  around doors and windows to ensure they are holding their paint and are properly sealed to the brick and siding. This helps keep water out of the house.

Like so many things in life, a little maintenance and vigilance on repairs can save some big expenditures down the road. We can also replace failing wood parts with PVC and cement materials to help prevent the problems
from occurring again.

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