11:47AM | 08/01/01
Member Since: 07/25/01
7 lifetime posts
We are having a professional contractor install a new sliding glass door in our family room. Right now, we have a door and a window where the slider will go.

My question is regarding rot within the walls. Has anyone ever come across this, and if so, what can be done about it? Can it be costly to fix? Is there any way at all to tell before the wall is opened up if this is going to be a problem? The house is about 30 years old, but the room that the slider is going in was added on after the house was built. The roof is in excellent shape, but there does appear to be a couple of small water stains on the ceiling.

The contractor we are working with said he's only run into this a couple of times in his 15+ year career, and the last time was in a house that was over 100 years old. I just need some reassurance that this project isn't going to end up costing us twice as much as we budgeted for, or more!

Any suggestions or advice?



09:26AM | 08/17/01
Member Since: 01/16/01
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spenciejr: It can be costly to fix depending on what is rotted out. Critical structural members obviously would be more expensive to replace.

From what you described you may have problems with the ceiling/roof rafters and/or sill/top plates, but like your contractor said, this is rare, and usually occurs if the house has been SEVERELY neglected for a LONG time.


09:32AM | 08/20/01
Member Since: 07/25/01
7 lifetime posts
The sliding door is in, and everything turned out just fine! When I told the contractor I had been concerned he felt so bad... he said that I really didn't have anything to worry about, since even if it was rotted it was all coming out anyway. But when he opened up the wall it was in perfect condition and exactly what he had hoped to find!

And now we have a beautiful new door that made a HUGE improvement in the room. It was the best money I've ever spent!!

Thanks for your reply.

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