If the exterior of your home features a large chunk of dry rot, you will be able to identify it. The wood may be broken, splintered and/or there may be a hole or gap in the siding where the wood has rotted away. Unfortunately, by the time the siding gets this bad, the problem has been going on for some time and extensive repair may be needed. Knowing what the first signs of dry rot are and how to spot it can help you catch this problem before it turns into a much larger one. Here are a few of the lesser known signs of dry rot on the exterior of your home.
One of the first warning signs of this problem is that the exterior surface of your home starts to change color. Your wood siding may appear to be darker in the affected area or may take on a gray, brown, red or green color. The exact color it will change varies based on what is causing the rot, including mold, fungus, or water.
Another sign of potential dry rot on the exterior of your home is a damp odor emanating from the wood. You may notice this inside of your home or just when standing near the siding, depending on how much water or moisture is present. If you notice this sign, take the time to feel the wood. If you can smell this odor, chances are the exterior wood where the smell is coming from will be soft or damp to the touch as well.
The last sign is wood shrinkage. When this occurs the boards that make up the exterior of your home may not fully cover the area they are designed to. You may notice cracks or gaps between the boards. This is a tell-tale sign of wood shrinkage. However, it is important to note that wood shrinkage can also be due to age. As such, if you notice shrinkage, you want to call in a professional to determine if dry rot or age is the cause. If dry rot is the issue, repairs may be done. If age is the issue, your siding may need to be completely replaced.
If you notice any dry rot on your home, or suspect you may have dry rot, contact a siding repair company immediately. They can look at the issue, determine if you do have dry rot and then make the needed repairs. The longer the issue goes unresolved, the more extensive the damage can become.