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Identifying and treating wood rot

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Identifying and treating wood rot

Stealthy and sometimes undetectable, rot is one of the most damaging predators to which a home can fall victim. Hardwoods can turn to pulp with the simple recipe of adding moisture and warmth. Rot occurs in even the sturdiest of homes – wherever wood is found, there is potential for fungal growth and the resulting rot. Rot is common and often a minor issue that can be easily (and inexpensively) corrected.

Q.  What causes the process of wood rot?

Most timber, unless specially treated or of certain rot resistant varieties, are vulnerable to moisture. Any timber that is exposed to air will naturally contain a small percentage of water. It’s when normal moisture levels in wood increase that deterioration and rot become a risk.

Fungus spores that are everywhere will blossom if fed enough water and will eventually become visible. Repairing rot-damaged timber cannot be put off as it will only spread as time goes on. Once the fungus growth begins, you can easily identify the two main types of wood rot. In one variety, the wood will have spots of decay that appear brown and crumbly, and will break apart into pieces when disturbed. Another type is yellowish in colour, with the decayed wood becoming soft and stringy. Surface moulds can be confused with rot; these moulds or mildews simply grow on the surface of timber but do not break down the fibres or cause any structural damage.
In all areas of a home, pay particular attention to joints, which are slower to dry, and any timber that touches dirt or masonry. It would be strongly advised that you carry out regular checks on all timber work and make sure you keep on top of things. Attend to any minor maintenance work at the first sign, ensuring any repair work is effective and cost efficient.


Our main objective when installing any external timber work is protecting the product against the irregular Australian harsh climatic conditions we constantly face on a daily basis.

We as a quality assured manufacturer are obliged to our valued clientele to make sure that we take every necessary precaution possible to make sure we supply premium products. Unfortunately, we have no control over how our products are installed by others once they leave our premises. All we can do is educate our clientele and hope they take our valued advice in good faith.

The most important criteria on making sure your product(s) last for a very long time is the pre preparation of the product when installing. I cannot stress the importance of this factor alone strongly enough. It’s unfortunate that many have this belief of simply nailing it on and slapping a coat of paint over it is all that it takes – she’ll be right mate! Think again! 

Have you ever wondered why many heritage style homes dating back to the early 1900’s in heritage listed suburbs still possess original external decor that have withstood the test of time? The answer is simple. All external timber was painted using an oil base primer followed by an oil base topcoat (usually in the form of enamel). 

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