Bragg Construction was recently called out to a home in Milwaukie, Oregon to repair dry rot and reside the home exterior. Upon arrival the dry rot was so severe that in was obvious that dry rot repair needed to be done before new siding could be installed and new paint could be applied. Faulty flashing around the chimney chase had allowed years of water intrusion to cause damage to the siding, sheathing, and framing.
Removal of siding and plywood wall sheathing:
This home had what is called by some as “double wall construction”. What that means is that there is a layer of standard plywood on the outside of the wall studs. Felt paper was then applied to the plywood “sheathing”. Over the top of the tar paper a layer of cedar siding was applied. ALL of these items were rotten and deteriorated and had to be removed. About 6 wall studs had dry rot that must be removed.
Surgical removal of wall studs:
Dry rot is a fungus that destroys wood. Dry rot must be removed and replaced. Careful removal of wall studs, (which hold up the house), are removed and replaced a few at a time. Knowing how a house is built is useful knowledge when disassembling and rebuilding. A lot of dry rot removal is more than just surface repair.
Rebuilding of the firebox surround:
Wall studs, top and bottom plate and even portions of the sub flooring are carved out in a logical and careful way and replaced. New plywood sheathing is cut fitted and nailed. A new “Improved vapor barrier” is installed.
Exterior siding installed:
This home is now ready for new siding and paint. Cedar or cement siding are 2 good options for siding. Both options will last a long time if properly maintained with caulking and Paint.
Finished home exterior painting and cleanup:
Bragg Construction and Remodeling does multi-trade projects. On this home we repaired a large amount of dry rot, repaired framing, installed plywood sheathing, “improved Vapor barrier”, lap siding, caulking and paint. Dry rot repair is complete.