Repairing Moisture Damage

Moisture damage on a stair rail that is unprotected from the weather and is installed in a shady location on a wooded lot..

New moisture-resistant materials are gaining acceptance. Exterior details on your house such as railings and trim can be the site of persistent moisture damage, due to exposure to extreme weather or sunlight conditions, often compounded by improper application of coatings. Over the past decade, many alternative materials have become available which are moisture-resistant, ranging from composites of wood and synthetic to 100% synthetic materials. Acceptance of these non-wood materials by neighborhood associations (which have typically opposed the use of synthetic materials) has increased, due to their improved appearance and the obvious economy they represent.

Finding a knowledgeable and experienced contractor matters. HSH, a trusted resource for moisture damage repair, has helped owners successfully make the case to neighborhood associations for the use of new, aesthetically similar but low-maintenance materials. Even when traditional wood is ultimately the material of choice, HSH can greatly extend the life of the repair by correctly diagnosing leaks and moisture infiltration patterns; identifying the appropriate fix; then insuring that the appropriate protective coatings are applied to the new components. Typical examples of shortcuts made during the original construction include the failure of many builders to back prime trim components or to adequately coat cuts in pressure-treated materials used in decks and porches.

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