Carpentry Services We Offer
- Composite deck replacement & composite deck repair (Trex & products like it)
- Wood deck repair & deck replacement
- Fascia repair & fascia replacement
- Soffit Repair & soffit replacement
- Exterior trim repair
- Interior trim repair & interior trim replacement (Including crown mold, base mold, chair rail, windows & doors and much more)
- Window Installation
- Door Installation & Door repair
- Wood siding repair & wood siding replacement
- Roof truss repair & roof truss replacement
- Rafter repair & rafter replacement
- Bracing installation & bracing repair
- Stud wall repair & stud wall replacement
- Floor joist repair & floor joist replacement
- Roof decking/sheathing repair & sheathing replacement
- Floor decking repair & floor decking replacement
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Tips For Inspecting Your Exterior Carpentry Before Buying A Home
Owning a home is seen as the “American Dream”. Unfortunately, most homes come with much more overhead and maintenance than most buyers realize. Maintaining the wood-working on the exterior of a home is quite often overlooked or put off for future “repairs”. We often see that homeowners put off addressing these issues until it is too late and rot has already set in. Overflowing gutters, the lack of a drip-gap, cuts/end-caps not being primed, and a variety of other factors contribute to the rotting of exterior wood. Once rot has started, it is often past the point of repair and must be replaced, and this can get quite pricey!
The most important maintenance begins with the initial installation of your wood-work. Of course most of us have no control over this portion, given most of us buy the home after it is built rather than building for ourselves. If you do have the opportunity to check the work during construction, it is very important that the carpenter, or painter, primes/paints each end of any wood being installed, primes/paints the backside of every board being installed and primes/paints every cut end of every board. By priming and painting all surfaces of the wood being installed, water doesn’t have an entry point where it can soak into and rot out the wood. It’s common practice in new construction to have a carpenter put up the wood and then a painter comes behind to finish it. This is not the best practice but it is the cheapest, which is why builders do this. They only need to warranty your home for 1 year, after that it’s all on you.
How To Maintain The Wood On Your Home
Given most of us buy a home that is already built, we must focus on maintaining what we already have. The importance of keeping a good coat of paint on your home can’t be stressed enough! Paint and caulk are the only barriers between the elements and the wood on your home. You must keep in mind that the elements are constantly degrading the paint on your home and it won’t last forever. It’s a good idea to check the paint on your home for: cracking, chipping, blistering and fading twice per year. We recommend checking the paint after each winter (Around March 1st) and again after summer (Around October 31st).
Most homes will need to be painted every 3-7 years, depending on how much sun exposure you get, quality of the previous paint job and numerous other factors. In between paint jobs, and after moving into a new home, it is best to touch-up the ends of all boards on your home. For Example:
- The boards at the corners of your home (“corner-boards”). Take a paintbrush and add on a coat of paint to the bottom or end of each board, this is where water penetrates the boards easiest.
- Any “miters” or “45-degree” cuts need to be caulked and to have the paint touched-up regularly. Water penetrates here easily as well.
- Surfaces that see a lot of wear-n-tear, like handrails and steps.
- Any surface that gets prolonged sun-exposure throughout the day.
- Any boards around a chimney could use touch-up paint yearly.
- The bottoms of siding that are close to any roofing surface.
Items To Watch For And Fix And Signs That You Need To Paint Your Home
- Neither siding or trim/wood should directly touch and roof surface or it will “wick” water. There should be a gap between the two structures that is at least 1/4 inch and up to 1/2 inch. The gap can be larger, though it is less pleasing to the eye when it is, but it can’t be smaller. If there is not gap, you may call the builder/contractor to come fix this issue or call a contractor like us to come cut a drip-gap into these surfaces. It’s cheaper to have this fixed than to replace the wood/siding.
- Chipping of paint is a clear indicator that you need to add a fresh coat of paint to your home. Look for chipping to occur where excess water flows and look for chipping in areas that have prolonged sun exposure.