A property I am considering to buy has a wood ceiling everywhere. The house
is two stories and must be 10' each story, so the low point of the ceiling
is 20 feet at the edge and goes up another 8 or 10 feet to the top of the
ridge. The entire ceiling is lined with some kind of unfunished wood, color
and texture reminds me of cedar in ski lodges, but this is in Miami so I am
not sure what it is, may be rose wood may be something else. These wood
planks have water marks on them...those that looked like there was a leak
from the roof and then dried up. Don't know if there is any mold, but these
water marks I would say is in over 50% of the area and the house is over
3000 SF. On top is galvanized steel roof that is probably original (built
1974) and nearing the end of it's life span.
The roof has to be redone for sure. But the wood ceiling would be cost
prohibitive to replace. Can it be salvaged? If there is not rot (and that
is a big if), can it be sanded down to get rid of the water mark or the
water marks are usually more than skin deep?
How can one sand/finish a ceiling 30 feet above anyways? Most of the
ceiling is open to the ground floor with the upstair more like a loft
Thanks in advance,
Yep, with a good sealer for the stains first. Sounds like a need for a
small manlift if it can be gotten in or a whole bunch of scaffolding.
That is another reason why I will not even look at a house with a
The water marks may be well below the surface for sanding to be of benefit.
You need to rent a set of staging to get up there. Or a motorized lift at a
couple hundred bucks a week.
I'd consider a sealer and then paint. If the wood is truly something of
beauty, try sanding a small spot to see how well it works. Lots of work
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