Our Carpentry & Wood Repair Services
on the South Shore & Boston Area
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CertaPro’s Carpentry & Wood Repair Services in the South Shore & Boston Areas
Because there is so much wood on South Shore and Boston area exteriors, almost 60% of our painting projects start with some sort of wood repair before we paint.
Our busy customers appreciate that we can do the whole painting job for them, without having to coordinate an outside carpenter to repair rotted wood, clapboards, trim, deck and porch boards and replace shingles for them.
Small and large carpentry projects
Our skilled carpenters can do everything from replacing a few shingles to replacing your windows, clapboards and trim.
Should I replace my exterior trim with PVC or Wood?
Depending on your budget, we use wood (less expensive) or PVC (more expensive) to replace the rotted exterior wood on your home or building.
PVC is a cellular vinyl material that’s used in the building industry because it is more durable than wood because it doesn’t expand and contract as easily as wood does.
Once painted, PVC looks nearly identical to wood, so it won’t change the look of your home at all.
PVC products are often known by their brand names like Azek.
If we are using wood to replace the rotted boards on your home, it is likely due to budgetary issues or if you’re moving in the next few years and aren’t concerned about longevity.
For more information
Take a look at our comprehensive guide to wood replacement on the South Shore and in the Boston suburbs.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected].
We’re happy to answer your questions, even if you’re doing the painting yourself.
Exterior Carpentry Services
Many South Shore and Boston-area homes need some carpentry before we paint – here are some of the carpentry services we offer:
We have carpenters on staff to replace rotted wood that is so common to homes the South Shore and Boston-area.
Shingle replacement – whether you need your whole home re-shingled or just need to replace a few shingles that were blown off by the wind last winter, we can handle the job.
Clapboard replacement – if a few clapboards are rotted, we can replace them before we paint. If you need the whole side of your home re-boarded, we can handle that too.
PVC Trim replacement – We recommend replacing the rotted wood boards with PVC (like Azek) so that they won’t rot again. You don’t have to replace all of your trim with PVC, just the rotted boards. The PVC will blend in nicely with your original trim after it is painted. Historically accurate moulding shapes that blend with the South Shore and Boston-area antique homes now come in PVC material!
Wood Trim replacement – If budget is a concern, we can certainly replace your rotted trim boards with wood. Lots of our customers who are moving or putting their homes on the market choose wood materials over the more expensive PVC boards, because they will not be in their home long enough for the “investment” in PVC to pay off.
Sill replacement – Window sills tend to rot quickly for a number of reasons including:
Older sills may not be “back-primed” before they are installed. This means that the wood is not primed and protected along the cuts and can let water in easily.
The unusual shapes of window sills allow water to enter them more easily than in other areas of your home.
Inexpensive sill materials such as finger-jointed wood tend to rot quicker.
Woodpecker holes filled – Before we paint, we will fill any woodpecker holes your home has. This is a common complaint on the South Shore especially in the spring and fall.
Other exterior carpentry services include:
Front door replacement
Installation of aluminum and wood gutters (yes, wood gutters are a “thing” for a few of our South Shore customers!)
Deck board replacement: We can replace your deck floorboards and railings before we stain your deck.
Fence fixes: We can replace rotted wood on your fence.
Exterior Carpentry Project Before & After
See below to see before and after photos of a siding install / repair and painting project we completed in the area. Click on the images to zoom in.
Interior Carpentry Services
If you have any questions about our carpentry services, just email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer them. We’re even happy to offer advice if you’re doing the carpentry or painting yourself.
Interior Carpentry Before & After
See below to see before and after photos of a bench restoration project we did for a local customer. Click on the images to zoom in.