It’s an unfortunate reality – wood, as versatile and beautiful as it is, will eventually succumb to decay. At best, rotted wood is simply unattractive, but in the worst case scenario, it can make a structure extremely dangerous. All American Painting Plus follows a step-by-step process that starts with thoroughly inspecting the damaged area and ends with sanding and finishing the perfectly crafted new wooden parts so they fit right in with the rest of the structure. Rotted wood replacement often comes before a residential painting project, which our professional painters would be glad to take care of as well.
If you think that your Northern Virginia home is immune from dry rot because it has vinyl or masonry siding, think again. The most common targets of this fungus driven condition include decks, beams, posts, trim, soffits, and fascia. Typically, all these areas are made of wood and are all prime areas to assess for dry rot repair and wood replacement.
What our professional painters are looking for when inspecting your home for dry rot, are spots that are showing a chalky buildup, paint blistering or peeling, dark stains, even mushroom like formations. All are signs of dry rot. The wood can be easily tested by sticking a screwdriver into it. If the screwdriver goes in easily, or the wood feels spongy, dry rot is most likely present.
When our house painters discover rot, a decision is made to either repair it, or replace the wood. Repairing is only attempted when the rot is confined to a small piece. The area is treated with a fungicide like boric acid to kill the growth of the rot, and then a filler can be applied to stabilize the wood. More likely however, the rotted wood will have to be replaced along with adjoining wood to ensure all the rot is removed.
PVC is probably best known for its use as a plumbing material. However, this plastic material has a multitude of uses thanks to its amazing durability, strength, light weight, and flexibility in design. Today PVC is commonly used in flooring, windows, blinds, even molded into decorative architectural features.
It only makes sense to use PVC to replace damaged wood particularly where the dry rot has been extensive. Additionally, the dry rot fungus does not find plastic particularly hospitable. Even if the conditions that brought on the original rot (spores and moisture) recur, the fungus will not gain purchase on PVC.
Wood repair and wood removal is just one of the “PLUS” services that All American Painting Plus provides its many Northern Virginia customers. Our goal as a full service residential painting contractor is to exceed our customers’ expectations and that means doing more than just putting paint on a wall.
We couldn’t be more pleased with the work All American Painting did for our home. The team did a wonderful job from start to finish, from sending us an incredibly detailed estimate so there was no guess work, to keeping the work area tidy throughout the project. We certainly will use them again! Cheers!
Brian McCracken was courteous, professional and a delight, amazing qualities in a worker you invite into your home. I found him painting a home in my neighborhood. The homeowner had checked him out on Angie’s List and ranted as to the professionalism of the workers. It was important to me that the company was local and not a big, franchised company. Brian’s estimate was spot on. When I added more to the job, Rene – the foreman – consulted with Brian to give me an estimate on the additional work. The painters arrived when they said they would, working efficiently and cleanly. At the end of each day, it looked like they were never here. All of their tools picked up. When they needed to leave the ladders they asked if it would be ok and where would be the best place to leave they were they would be out of our way. All American has come back 2 more times to tackle different jobs for us. I have recommended them to friends. And now recommend All American to you. You will not be disappoint
I want to thank you and your team for the work you did on my residence. The men showed up at the appointed time to replace and paint the fascia board. You recommended a change from wood to a more modern substance, which I accepted, at a negligible increase in the price for the job. Thank you for that. You should be extremely proud of the team that did the work. They worked quickly, safely, and without complaint from neighbors on either side of the townhouse. As you know, I have fastidious neighbors, that watched the work on that day, and they told me later, that your crew impressed them as well.
All American Painting Plus has been my “go to” company for over 10 years for home and office painting and I’ve been consistently satisfied with the finished product and their professionalism. I’ve found Brian McCracken’s staff to be exceptionally skilled craftsmen and can count on them to do the job well, including taking care to prepare walls and fix problem areas before they paint so that the finished product is polished. Please ask Brian for my contact information if you would like more specifics.