What is the proper way to replace rotted wood ?

Real Estate Agent with Q Realty TN 00273649 * KY 57120

Sometimes common sense seems to interfer with the logic. When a home buyer ask for rotted woRotted wood covered in metalod to be replaced and the seller agrees, what is the proper way to replace rotted wood ?

I would agree that the rotted wood is to be removed and replaced, while others seem to think covering it with metal is a satisfactory repair. The logic behind replacing the rotted wood is to make a repair vs to hide the rotted wood behind the metal in hopes nobody will see it ( Including the appraiser )

The listing agent in this case tells me that they spoke to three seperate contractors here locally and they agree with wrapping the rotted wood is the best solution. I find this hard to believe, so no I ask your opionion.. What is the proper way to replace rooted wood. Would this be to replace with new wood, or simply cover with metal and call it repaired ?

I'm not an expert in the building industry, but something tells me this is not the correct way to repair or replace rotted wood.

* Note

This is just a couple of photos from this home. There are many areas of rotted wood covered in metal.



Attempt to cover rotted wood with metal

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Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
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Take out bad wood, put in good wood. Completely replace it. Wrapping or covering is not repairing. 

Jul 18, 2012 02:13 AM #1
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Roland -- part of the issue is to know what the cause of the rot is.  Once you have that down, then you can get the problem fixed (so no further rot) and then REPLACE the rotted wood.  Covering it does not address the rot or the cause -- and things will just get worse.

Jul 18, 2012 02:40 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Roland, I think the wood should be replaced first then covered. It could continue to deteriorate further even with covering and protecting from the weather.

Jul 20, 2012 02:54 AM #3
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