Nashville Home Inspector – Painted Floor Joists, Who Does That?

Nashville Home Inspector: Painted floor joists, who does that?  Few people would spend the time or money to have their floor joists painted. 

Look at the picture below.  Those floor joists are visible from the underside and they have been painted white.  But notice the subfloor has not been painted.  What’s going on here?

Fire Damaged Joist - Distant

The picture above is from a short distance.  Let’s zoom in for a closer look below.

Fire Damaged Wood - Closeup

In the picture above you can see the “cracks” in the wood nearest you.  This is wood that has been charred by a previous fire.  A fire leaves damage like that and an odor. 

One way to “repair” fire damaged wood is to paint it with a special paint designed to not only cover the visible discoloration but also mitigate the odor left over from the fire.  This works for these reasons, but the Client/Buyer still needs to know this home had a fire and realize that the structural integrity of these joists is at least slightly compromised.  Compromised, or damaged floor joists, can be repaired by installing an adjacent joist that is fastened to the damaged joist and surrounding structural members.  This is sometimes called scabbing.  Scabbing a damaged joist is acceptable and you can see the bottom of the scabbed joist running next to the damaged joist.  The original subfloor was probably replaced and the owner just stopped painting beyond the fire damaged joists.

Thank you, 

Richard Acree

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One Response

  1. nice of you to do a comparison and actually post pics. a lot of people do not indeed spend the time or money to have floors of their joists repaired accordingly. Given the photos above, hopefully homeowners will realize the importance of making sure that the structure and integrity of their joists are not compromised.

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