Wood rot in deck boards (by Bit [IN]) May 31, 2023 12:46 PM|
Wood rot in deck boards (by plenty [MO]) May 31, 2023 2:18 PM
Wood rot in deck boards (by Robert J [CA]) May 31, 2023 4:06 PM
Wood rot in deck boards (by Scott [IN]) May 31, 2023 6:33 PM
Wood rot in deck boards (by Vee [OH]) May 31, 2023 11:56 PM
Wood rot in deck boards (by Bit [IN]) Jun 1, 2023 3:01 PM
Wood rot in deck boards (by zero [IN]) Jun 5, 2023 11:57 AM
Wood rot in deck boards (by Bit [IN]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 12:46 PM
Hello folks. I have a deck that is mostly in good share but a few feet of board is rotting in a couple of places.
Its probably better to just replace the entire board rather than try to fix it right?
Do you do anything special to clean the rest of the deck and kill the dry rot before it can spread?
My plan is to replace the rotting boards, clean up the dry rot and algea etc. and then re-stain it. --74.130.xxx.xxx
Wood rot in deck boards (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 2:18 PM
We've done just that and extended the life of the deck. Also had luck turning over boards. Rotten end boards don't turn over so well. We did nothing special for treatment. --172.59.xxx.xx
Wood rot in deck boards (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 4:06 PM
You will need to investigate thoroughly the condition of all deck boards and member before deciding what to do. As a contractor I spent around 1 hour total testing all boards/members for dry rot and moisture content. My clients were besides themselves having wasted $75 on testing.
Using a non invasive moister meter with LED screen snowing the under surface damage and water content, I would easily locate "most" damaged wood. Then also using the old proven method of a pointed metal push tester, I could locate also "Soft" wood.
My client got an estimate to replace and stain their deck for small amount of $19,000. For my $75 hour test, I determined that 5% of the deck was in need of replacement and one side support beam needed to be replaced/doubled. I also found that some of the deck boards needed only to be treated with "rotten wood restorer and then filled with a 2 part epoxy, then sanded. The estimate for repair, around $1,200, MUCH LESS THAN A $19,000 REPLACMENT. This included repairs, replacement of bad wood, complete sanding the top surface and refinish. Painting alone was worth $600. --47.147.xxx.xxx
Wood rot in deck boards (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 6:33 PM
Your plan is a good one. A quality oil based solid deck stain is what I would use. --107.141.xx.xxx
Wood rot in deck boards (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 11:56 PM
I am smiling reading this - I don't know how you would repair rotten boards, were you thing of finding other lumber and replanting them into th original soil? I took biology in college and met some students who would have tried this idea . --184.59.xxx.xx
Wood rot in deck boards (by Bit [IN]) Posted on: Jun 1, 2023 3:01 PM
Thanks all. After spending some time inspecting it I only need to replace two boards.
I'll clean it up with bleach and a deck cleaner and then power wash and stain after its all dry and the new lumber is ready to stain.
Wood rot in deck boards (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 11:57 AM
Give the new treated lumber some time to dry out before you try staining or painting it.
In Indiana I usually wait until the next year. Probably don't need to wait that long but gives me time to deal with other things and get back to it.
That being said I STILL need to seal my treated staircase from a couple years ago. --107.147.xx.xxx