They say “You can’t stop termites from coming back once you treat, repair or replace the damaged wood”. It doesn't have to be that way.. If you get rid of the environment they are attracted to, you can detour them very effectively.
You can distinguish between Termite damaged wood and Termite damaged wood by the following:
Termite wood has holes and tunnels, and you will notice tiny pellet droppings in and around the damaged wood. Whereas Termite damaged wood is warped, soft and you can sometimes easily poke your finger through it.
Dry Wood Termites are attracted to weak wood caused from reoccurring dampness .
In Orange County, especially near the coastal areas like Orange County, we have the perfect environment for Termites. Shielding the bare wood areas is important. A good paint job, tight wood miters, proper caulking and flashings will keep wood dry and healthy.
There are trouble spots that are hard to get to with paint and caulking, such as the top of fascia boards where they meet the sheathing or shiplap. These trouble spots are usually behind gutters or have a roof tile overlap, which make it almost impossible to paint. These are very common areas for termites to find an opening. A metal edging covering these areas usually does the trick.
Dry Rot and Termite Repair in Orange County:
The need for wood repairs is ongoing and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our wood repair service is designed around the idea of reducing maintenance, not accepting the wood repair industry norm of a perpetual income source.
We approach wood repair with prevention in mind. We make a great effort to eliminate the conditions that cause Dry Rot and Termite Damage. We have a 39 year background as innovators. We specialize in exterior carpentry, mainly repairs and replacements of Patio Covers, Fascia Boards, Siding, Window Trim, etc...
With Blue Knight techniques, our wood repairs are made to last.
Fascia board repair and replacement:
Fascia boards, most people know attached to the bottom of the eves and rafter ends. These wood components are also attached to the roof sheeting which is attached to the roof tiles. Special care must be taken to the metal edging is these areas. Fascia board can often be attached on high and precarious places of the house, making it dangerous to work on. It’s important here to make sure the contractor has his Workers Comp in place.
Starter board or shiplap:
The wood sheathing boards covering the eve that the roof is nailed to. These are especially tricky because the roof has to be removed and replaced in the wood damaged areas.
Patio Covers are exposed to the weather and have mostly horizontal wood components, thus they are extremely susceptible to Termite, Termite Damage and the need for constant wood repair. If the structure is crafted by contractors other than us, regular wood repairs should be made generally after 5 to 15 years. At 15 to 20 years, generally wood repairs can be major, and it may turn out that a complete replacement becomes necessary. We however craft Patio covers to last much longer with our exclusive and innovative weatherproofing techniques.
Window Boxes and Decks:
Window boxes and Decks, like patio covers are exposed to the weather and have mostly horizontal components. The support wood or joists under the table or deck, are hidden from sight and therefore neglected. During our wood repair process, we custom fabricate metal joist shields, eliminating future maintenance.
Wood Window Trim/Frames:
Wood windows are beautiful but require maintenance often. Again, the right primer, paint, caulking materials and techniques can go a long way towards reducing perpetual wood repairs.
Here’s a little known fact about siding. It usually fails and then spreads at the corners, at a roof flashing called Z-bar. Extremely often, Z-bar flashing is installed incorrectly, causing rain water to leak and permeate the wood or composite-siding causing Termite and attracting Termites.