Wood rots — particularly wood that gets and stays wet. In many cases (for example, when considering a rotted piece of 1x trim) the fix is straightforward: Replace the decaying material and address the detail that failed and allowed in water. With historic houses, however, replacement isn’t always simple. Stock replacements for historic elements may not exist, and having custom replications made can be pricey. Even if you can take one of these approaches, odds are the wood available today won’t be as stable nor as rot resistant as the original, making the longevity of the repair questionable. In some cases, PVC or cement-based products can be used, but these may not lend themselves to being machined to replicate existing elements. Another option is to repair the rotted area with epoxy.
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