Repair A Rotted Porch Column

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

Repair A Rotted Porch Column

Structural Porch Column Rot Repair

What do ants and porch columns have in common? The best answer should be nothing, but we know better….

Columns add charm, personality and beauty to walkways, decks, landings and porches. Many of the homes where I live have beautifully turned wood posts as structural posts for porches.

Unfortunately because the posts are situated along the exterior perimeter of the porch they get wet by wind driven rain and roof run off or splash up, resulting in rot at the base. Porch column rot is pretty common along the base and eventually become a home for carpenter ants.

Repair A Rotted Porch Column

Carpenter Ants and Wood Rot

Ants are interesting creatures. Did you know that an ant can carry 50 times its body weight? If that’s the case why repair the column . . . just kidding.

Accepting that ants live in nature is one thing but having them live in your home is another. No matter how you feel on this topic I’m sure you prefer not to have an ant problem in your home or living in your porch posts.

As a renovation contractor I see Carpenter Ants in just about every home I work on, mostly around damp wood as a result of water intrusion or lack of proper maintenance. When you think about the fact that there are 1.5 million ants on the planet for every person then it’s easier to understand why I see so many ants.

If you have a rotted structural porch post, you can either replace the column, or repair it; on this project, we chose the latter.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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