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Trim Damage

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Do you have trim damage? Do you have soft wood around windows and doors? What happens here is water gets in behind the wood where it’s not primed or painted, then the pourous wood will suck it up and it will cause damage. Moisture in wood is also attractive for termites. After the moisture has been there awhile the wood rots and sometimes carpentar ants will also settle in and shell out some of the wood for their nest. How does the water get in? It usually comes in at joints in the trim and joints between the trim and the siding. Wood expands and contracts as the weather changes. After a few expansions and contractions the caulk can no longer seal the gap. Then a hard rain and in comes the water. The solution is to replace any damaged wood and then caulk, caulk, and caulk. Check all the joints annually and caulk where necessary. Remember to caulk, caulk, caulk.

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