Preserving Exterior Wood

Hello all. Well we are now officially into Summer. In the west central Florida area this means rain almost every day. Also, this means the time to take care of the outside projects as the heat will be upon us. This weeks blog is about preserving the exterior wood on your home and backyard.  As I mentioned earlier, the sun can be horrible this time of the year. So I wanted to discuss some easy low maintenance tips to help you out.

First, if you have any exterior wood on the home that has not been painted in the past 4-5 years, you may wanna start budgeting for this. The heat and the rain can cause many issues especially with wood decay, wood rot, and bring on little pests that destroy the wood.  Using an exterior primer for all wood is the key to long lasting preservation. The primer is a thinner sealant and can get into the pores of the wood to help maintain its life. Also, you may need to consider, sanding any loose paint and caulk from the areas prior to starting. Then your top coat of paint or stain needs to be long lasting. Do not go for the cheap budget paint. It won’t last. For a sharp appearance, I always use a top grade paint and usually gloss finish. The gloss finish helps with the sun and rain over time to keep the nice bright look.

Now lets talk about the wood around the landscape. We usually start repairing or installing new fencing, landscaping timbers, or just maintain what we have. With new wood for decks and fencing its important to let the wood acclimate to the climate before staining. I have found out using a sealer in the fall such as a clear coat works well. Then come back prior to summer and stain.  If you have existing wood, then now is the time to power-wash the area. Keep the grime and slime off. If you like the wood look then apply a clear coat stain. If the wood products are starting to show age, then now is the time to maybe apply a light color stain to start to hide the knots and wood decay. If your deck or fence is old and is really aged. A dark stain is the way to go.  This will definitely hide any defects or try too.

Remember, with wood fencing, railings and decks there is more maintenance but the natural look goes along way. For more information about this blog or if you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime at: 352-322-2700 or email at; pascoremodel@gmail.com

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Wood Damage

This weeks blog will be about how people will know if they have wood damage to their homes and what to do when this occurs.

Alot of us will have some type of wood damage when they own a home. The very minor damage is when your fascia boards will be warped or sun burnt and will cause minor splitting and burn spots in the wood. Not a major thing but here in the Florida sun compared to Maryland winters the fascia will get more sun. This is an easy fix of either enclosing it with p.v.c. wrap or replacing. But now lets talk about the major framing in your home and the differences.

Your exterior of your home will get sun on most sides or is blocked by trees. The wood trim if not properly maintained and will eventually decay and deteriorate. When we look at wood rot, a lot of us think, #omg, termites. This is not true in a lot of cases. For example, wood rot will just decay and fall apart. If over years of neglect then it will be destroyed. This is also true for interior grade wood trim. The biggest part of wood rot is when the Dry rot is spread by spores which are present in most buildings. The minimum moisture content of timber for spore germination is 28–30% (lower than other rots), and the relative humidity must be in excess of 95%. Spores are resistant to desiccation and may still be viable for germination when they are several years old. Typically speaking the wood rot for relative humidity begins when lower then 35%.

So, you may now be asking, OK, my south-side of the home is shaded and the trim stays pretty much in tact, but my west side does get beat by the sun and can see fading more. What can I do? Well we can’t have our home on a rotating table. So, what I suggest is as time goes by on the sides of the sun and after the paint is not protecting the trim as much, replace it with a vinyl product or enclose the trim as time goes by. Alot of contractors will be like we can do this entire home for ????.. Not at Pasco Remodel. We want to be your contractor and keep within your budget. We will be more then glad to do the West Side of the home then come back in a year to do another side. Why, because we want to build relationships and not short big sales. Besides, another issue on your home may come up and we want to be that first call.

Now as far as wood damage with insects, these are caused by wood destroying organisms. Commonly known as termites or my favorite, #carpenter ants. Any wood eating bug will cause damage to the home. They will enter cavities in the home and get into the wood framing members. However, you will not know this until its too late. Alot of times its caused by moisture in the area of the home in one part or you may have some dead membranes and the bugs will go after them for ease to eat and tunnel. For this part, stay tuned to next weeks blog about wood destroying organizms and what to do.

Feel free to contact us anytime at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair for us to come to your home for a free in home consultation on wood replacement and wood rot. We gladly service, Bayonet Point, Hudson, Lakeland and New Tampa within a 2 day window for free estimates.

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