Dry Rot


Orange County Dry Rot Repair Specialist.


South County Roofing
is the “Dry Rot Repair Specialist” and the “Best and Safest Choice” when it comes to replacing or repairing dry rot and termite damaged wood on your Orange County home.

We are Fully Licensed and Insured We have been specializing in this specific type of carpentry work for Orange County Customers since 1997. We can remove or replace your damaged patio cover, rotted window trim, wood siding and fascia boards. With over 20,000 plus board feet of dry rot repair under our belt we have the experience and technical expertise to properly identify this problem and replace it for good. With your help we will navigate through the process of identifying these spots on your home and tailor our services to fit your budget. It is recommended that a thorough dry rot inspection of your property be done on an annual basis to keep these problems from getting out of control, make sure the structural integrity is maintained and not at risk. If we are called upon to help with your dry rot repair and replacement needs we will provide you with a timely, detailed, professional, and estimate for any of your dry rot or termite damage work needs. Stop the disease that is wood rot and stop the damage that is spreading around your home now.

South County Roofing Qualifications


Owner began roofing full time in 1987
Licensed with the CSLB (Partnership) in 1992
Sole Proprietor Licensed (737515) with the CSLB in 1997
Achieved Industry Expect Certification with the CSLB in 1999
Certified by Owens Corning in 2002
Certified by Mull-Hide (low sloped roofing specialty manufacture) in 2003
Certified at the highest level Certainteed offers in 2004
Certified at the highest level by Elk roofing (manufacture) 2004
Certified at the highest level by GAF (manufacture) 2004
Service Magic Professional and Member since 2004
Awarded the Crystal Cove Historical Cottage rebuild contract (for the roofing of 21 cottages) 2004
Project managers now get certified by Certainteed 2005
southcountyroofing.com website 2007
Accepted by allexperts.com as a roofing expert 2008
Best of Lake Forest Award by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) 2008
Lifetime Exemption from Certainteed for the Quality Master Program 2008
Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with the highest rating possible A+ 2008
Certified By Eagle Roofing to Install their Solar Roofing Panels 2009
Best of Lake Forest Award by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) 2010
Achieved the “10 Review Badge” from Yelp.com 2011
Best of Lake Forest Award by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) 2011
Celebrating our 15th Year in business (License Number 737515) 2012
Dry Rot Repair

Dry Rot Repair - Where does it happen?


It is easy to walk around our houses and spot some boards with dry rot damage. If you look carefully at your window trim or fascia boards (especially the corners) and under your eave portion of your home you probably will find some damage. Dry rot damage can appear to be paint that is pealing or a bad paint job that needs to be redone. Upon closer examination if you touch dry rotted wood you will notice that it has become soft or hollow. These soft or hollow boards become a feeding ground for termites. It is not uncommon for the wood to be so weak that you can poke your finger right through a piece of dry rotted wood.

Eave boards under the roof get dry rot damage when the original roof edge has not been properly treated with edge metal and eave riser metal for tile roofs. If your tile roof is missing these metals there’s a good chance you will be finding some dry rot around the roof edges. Window trim is also a common place for dry rot damage to appear. Often the door or window contractor installs the trim with inexpensive caulking that can quickly shrink, dry, and crack. These conditions make the wood around your window susceptible to dry rot and termites. Also, you should be careful of your sprinklers. They may be watering the grass and plants and at the same time they may be watering your wood trim. It is very important that they point away from the house at all times and are they should not be allowed to spray or keep wet any wood trim.
Dry Rot

Why does it happen?

Seeing and finding the dry rot damage itself can be easy but can be difficult to find the reason the dry rot occurred. Why dry rot is damaging some wood around your house and not other wood pieces around your house? Identifying exactly what caused the dry rot is critical to dry rot prevention. What is even more critical is hiring the right person to do and oversee the job. If a contractor simply removes the damaged wood around your home and replaces it with new wood it will appear that the problem is solved. But, if the source of the dry rot was not found and properly corrected you may have made matters worse in the long run. Identifying exactly why the dry rot has occurred can be one of the most important tasks involved when repairing dry rot. Just about any contractor with some simple wood working skills can replace the wood but what you really need is a contractor with the skills to locate exactly where the problem originated and properly address and repair the area. This takes a great deal more skill, effort and time.

When it comes to wood moisture content matters. Wood is unstable when it is green, meaning that it will shrink, bow, and twist as it dries. The purpose of kiln drying is to stabilize the wood. Not using the correct wood will mean problems down the road and premature replacement. It can get really expensive trying to save money by hiring a cheaper contractor. It is critical your contractor know when to use kiln dried wood and where to get it.      

Who should repair the dry rot or termite damaged wood on your Orange County home?

The process of replacing any wood attached to a structural member of your home or wood that is installed directly under the roof involves a great deal of expertise and a complete understanding of how your home is constructed. Rest assured you have found the company with the expertise, skill, experience, and the tools needed to properly repair and replace all types of dry rot.

Termite Damaged WoodIf you look through the pictures of some of the jobs we do every day you will see expertly mitered corners, joints that are tight and solid, wood being sanded in order get the surface just right, the use of a level, and a conscious effort toward aesthetics and structural integrity. The structural aspects of these repairs are often ignored by unprepared workers.

If you hire an unprepared worker or the wrong contractor you take the chance that many things could go wrong such as: they could use the wrong species of wood, incorrect fasteners, in adequate priming and painting, loss of structural integrity, and a poor finish. The expertise needed for properly leveling, aligning, sanding, priming and painting, and installing these boards is a skill not normally associated with roofers, termite guys, or your average contractor. The person you need to hire to properly execute these repairs will need a skill set that overlaps the roofing, waterproofing, rough framing, and exterior finish work trades into one. If the person who you hire is lacking in any one of those areas your home and the job will suffer because of it. Unfortunately it is not as simple as just hiring a roofing, termite, or general contractor.

Sure before you hire one of these contractors they will all say they can do it, have done it, and are great at it but, the reality is that they’re not. And, sometimes they are learning on your job even though they say they know what they are doing when they really don’t. You will not have to worry about anything with us on your job. If you observe us working you will quickly realize you have hired professionals to work on your home and the work we do will show it.

Dry Rot

How Long have we been doing this? -

We have been doing dry rot repair work for in Orange County since 1997 with CSLB license number 737515. We are knowledgeable and skilled about cutting, measuring, and repairing difficult wood jobs. We are meticulous about priming and painting. We always use the right wood for the right job. We won’t cut corners. We know how your house is designed to distribute weight and carry weight loads. All repairs are done to last a lifetime and are intended to strengthen the structural integrity of your home and not just replace damaged boards. We have specialized tools for many of the jobs you see. Some of the tools we carry cannot be purchased at the local hardware stores. We are not saying that your job can’t be done without our knowledge and the proper tools but I can say there’s a significant difference in the outcome of your job when you use us.

Eave Board Replacements
Orange County Eave Board Replacements -

To the left you see some dry rot damaged eave boards. Dry rot damage like pictured to the left is typical for tile roofs to have on the edges and around the perimeters of the roof.  Most roofers do not water proof the edges properly.  Because of this lack of detail on the edges of your roof your eave boards and fascia can suffer.  The continued wetting and drying that the wood endures starts the dry rot condition.  The dry rot condition in turn eats away and softens the wood.  The softening of the wood combined with the wetness due to a lack of proper water proofing attracts termites.  When you get active termites and dry rot damage in the same location the damage gets really bad.  What most contractors don’t do is remove a lot of tile in the area of the termite and dry rot in order to expose the damage roofing felt that has been allowing the water to come into contact with and damage the wood.  With the felt exposed we can then cut out and remove the damaged felt and replace it with new.  But, this is only the half of it.  If you are not experienced with tying new felt into an old roof you can cause more damage and ongoing leaks.  It’s not as easy as just putting some new felt down on or around the existing felt as I quickly learned when I started doing this type of repair 20+ years ago

Eave Board Replacements

Here you can see there is significant tile and felt removal needed to be done to properly repair the area. This particular job was done in Lake Forest in December of 2010. The storms and rain was so bad that we didn’t have the normal amount of time to do the job like this. And, the damage was far worse then what it initially appeared to be. Because of impending rains and a bad leak that was destroying the inside of the home I informed the Chris A. that I would remove and replace the damaged wood but I would not be able to do the priming and painting because of the weather. He agreed to have his painter come by when weather permits and get everything covered. Normally we like to completely prime the wood (if the case of wood fascia all six sides) and paint the wood but priming and painting does have to be done as weather permits and December 2010 the weather was not permitting and we had to work fast.



We service and have recently completed dry rot repair jobs in these cities:

Aliso Viejo Roofing, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Balboa, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Cowan Heights, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, El Modena, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills Roofing, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Lemon Heights, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Modjeska Canyon, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, City of Orange, Orange Park Acres, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rossmore, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Silverado Canyon, Stanton, Sunny Hills, Surf Side, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda Roofing.

We service and have recently completed dry rot repair jobs in these communities:

Bennett Ranch, Canyon Crest, Coto De Caza Roofing, Dove Canyon Roofing, Emerald Bay, Las Flores, Monarch Beach, Monarch Bay, Nellie Gale, Newport Coast, Rancho Mission Viejo, Robinson Ranch Roofing, Palisades, Portola Hills, San Joaquin Hills, Santiago Hills, Shady Canyon, Talega, Turtle Rock, Tustin Legacy, Tustin Ranch, Woodbridge.


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