From the Roof Down...and Skin Deep
What & When to Repair
The Wall System Trim
Wood trim before repair. Photo: ŠJohn Leeke.
Losing Connections. The roll molding under this
window cap is missing. A leak in the window cap above let water in to rust
out the nails that held the molding in place.
Wood trim after repair. Photo: ŠJohn Leeke.
Re-Connecting. Carpenters have made new molding
to match the old. A sheet metal cap still needs to be placed on top of the
wood cap to keep water out over the long-term.
Plan your work: Survey exterior woodwork every two years for paint peeling to bare
wood. This indicates a high level of moisture, which usually leads to decay.
Maintenance tip: Investigate problem spots to determine causes and sources of moisture.
If wood is still sound, spot prime and paint. If wood is decayed,
patch with a wood Dutchman; or if parts are missing, replace them using matching materials.