Monday, April 1, 2013

How to Repair Roofline Termite Damage

3-inch paint brush
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Exterior paint Brown 
Ladder 4, 6 and 8 foot 
Paint tray
Primer latex
Putty knife
Wood putty

Mrs. Appleton noticed my work building a retaining wall. She stopped by and asked if my repair service would fix her wood termite damage. This job was done with my friend Carl, who was instrumental helped me get this job done.

This post addresses the ten steps to repairing the termite damage on this home.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the damaged eaves that needed repairing.
Fig.1 Termite Damage
Step 2: Fig.2 shows inside fascia plate had more damage. 
Fig.2 Facia termite damage
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the the termites also moved from one wood piece to another.
Fig.3 large hole dry rot
Step 4: Fig.4 and fig.5 shows us using hammers and wood chisels to remove the dry wood inside the exterior rafters.
Fig.4 Claw Hammer
Fig.5 Wood Chisels
Step 5: There was a lot more damage than these few pictures, now the next step is to fill the termite holes with wood putty. This damaged was sprayed by a local pest company. Fig.6 shows a corner that was damaged and repaired. 
Fig.6 Water putty filled damages
Step 6: Fig.7 and fig.8 shows two more area of the fascia plate that was repaired. 

Fig.7 Wood putty 
fills in damaged
Fig.8 Eves repair damages
Step 7: Remember to use a 6 and 8 foot ladder and fig.9 shows the 4-foot ladder.  
Fig.9 Four 
foot ladder
Step 8: Fig.10 shows Carl adding wood putty to the eaves of the home.
Fig.10 Priming 
dried damages

Step 9: Fig.11 through fig.13 shows the putty had dried, been sanded and the exterior primer was added to each spot.
Fig.11 Prime 
all wood repairs
Fig.12 Paint 
fascia damages
Fig.13 Corner

Step 10: After priming the wood the final coat will be the exterior brown paint. Now Mrs. Appleton home is secure from termite entry. Fig.14 through fig.17 shows the job finished.
Fig.14 Paint 
inside corner 2
Fig.15 Paint
inside corner 2
Paint all eves
Fig.17 Paint near gutters

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent post Gary. It gives the reader an idea of how to repair termite damage. Of course you did mention that the homeowner did have a termite company come out and eradicate the termites before you did any repairs. First things first. Good job.