Newly completed homes seemingly all look the same. The fresh paint and sparkling finishes are remarkably attractive. While they may all look the same in the beginning, homes – just like people – can have beauty that is only skin deep. Poor construction methods can cause homes to begin a rot/decay process far too soon, while others last for many decades or even centuries.
I have written many articles over the years about the importance of proper building techniques and moisture-prevention methods that stand the test of time, but today we want to focus on the mechanics of wood decay in a bit more detail and hopefully shed light on the “why” behind wood rot in homes.