We are in the process of adding an online store. Keep checking back frequently for new products and product reviews. Most of the products that will be included in our online store will be related to home improvement in one way or another. Check out what we have so far here. If you have any suggestions feel free to contact us.
There are many benefits to owning and operating a small business like 3 Nails 4 U Construction. One of the benefits is being able to put work on hold when family life happens. Phillip has just recently entered into a whole new stage of life. He has become a father. On August 22 he and his wife were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She has and continues to be a blessing to them. During this time 3N4U has been put on the back burner. Things are starting to settle down for Phillip and his family. He is excited and eager for this upcoming holiday season, as it will be a season of many first for him, his family, and his daughter. With that being said, as the holidays quickly get closer and closer, you may notice different repairs that need attention and attention quickly. These may include drywall repair, touch-up painting, or trim repair, to name a few. Phillip and 3N4U have their calendar wide open at the moment for any such repairs, remodels, or improvements. The holidays can be busy and getting these little projects done can be quite tricky to work into a busy schedule. Contact Us to find out how we can help you with your repairs. We will even help guide you through the repair with different tips and tricks should you decide to do the repair yourself!
Old doors and window can be a big problem. They can increase your utility bills because of old seals. A simple way to fix a drafty door or window is to cover it with plastic. Who really wants to do that? The best way to deal with old, drafty doors and widows is to replace them. We can help with that. Contact us to discover what your options are.
There has been a lot of rain in Virginia lately. Have you noticed strange water spots on your ceilings? These water spots could be cause by several problems. But if they are on you top floor ceiling, they may indicate issues with your roof. Your first question needs to be, “Is anything missing?” You should go outside and look at your roof. Shingles could be missing. This could be an easy fix. If a shingle or two is missing, you simply replace the missing shingle. Another simple cause for these water spots could be old roof vent flashing. You know those pipes that stick out of your roof. They are vent pipes. They have special flashing that is partially composed of rubber. Over time this rubber will begin to fall apart. Thought replacing one of these is quick and simple, replacing one is more involved than replacing a shingle. Contact us for more information about replacing an old roof boot.
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I have an old deck. It is in need of a good cleaning and staining. One common mistake with pressure treated lumber is not sealing it or staining it. Just because the lumber has been treated to stand up to the elements does not mean it is 100% rot proof. Wood will rot. The rot process can be delayed by using the best material. It can also be delayed even longer by keeping that material clean and sealed. Mold and mildew can speed up the rot process on a deck. The mold and mildew will hold moisture directly against the deck and over time will break down the wood. If you have an older deck like I have, you need to thoroughly look the deck over for areas of concern. Look for boards that may need to be replaced. Look for areas with a lot of mold and mildew. Once these areas have been identified, take care of them. Replace the bad boards and treat the heavy mold and mildew areas with a good cleaner. Then clean the entire deck. Allow 24-48 hours for the deck to dry. During this time you can figure out if you want to seal the deck or clean the deck. It is up to you. You may want a shiny finish of a dull finish. After the deck is dry, apply the sealer or stain according to the manufactures directions. Give it another 24 hours to completely dry. During this time you can plan your next cook out and figure out which friends you are going to invite over. There are many how to videos out there to check out with a lot of good info. This is just a simple overview of why and how to clean you deck. If you are going to use a pressure washer, remember to keep the pressure low and use a gentle cleaner that is designed to be used with they type of decking material you have. If you have any questions or would like for us to come out and clean & seal your deck, please contact us.
There are things about owning a home that can be frustrating. One of those things is dealing with rotten exterior wood trim. There are several things one can do to help prevent exterior wood trim from rotting. Most of these tricks are to be done during the installation process. Some are a matter of upkeep, such as filling cracks and repainting as needed. But let’s be realistic, we are talking about wood that is exposed to the elements. It will rot. It is just a matter of time. When it does rot, it needs to be replaced. There are many how to videos out there showing how to replace roof trim boards such as fascia boards and rake boards. You can watch them and give it a try. Or you can hire us. Either way, that rotten wood you have needs to be replaced. It is not just a matter of making your house look good. It is a matter of making your house last. You may be thinking, “It is just a piece of exterior trim. How can that affect the longevity of my house?” Thank you for asking. Though you may not realize it; your fascia boards, in particular, offer a great deal of protection for you house. They are part of your homes first line of defense against the elements. Your shingles, siding, windows, doors, and exterior trim boards protect you and the structure of you home. If your fascia boards rot and are not taken care of, water will get in your home. You will not see the internal damages at first. The next part of you home to rot is your trusses and roof plywood. It will start with the ends and work its way back to the rest of the board. When enough of the truss rots away, the load capacity of the roof is greatly reduced. This will allow for the roof to sag, the ceiling to sag, and open more channels for water to get in. Your gutters are not nailed into just the fascia boards. Instead they are nailed into the ends of the trusses. Gutters begin to pull away from the roof when this wood is rotten. Now with the fascia board being rotten, the ends of the trusses being rotten, the gutters pulling away, and the roof sagging; water will find any way down that is possible, even through your walls and down to you floor boards. The most common damage I have seen personally when fascia is left to rot is the tails of the trusses beginning to rot to the point they no longer hold nails for the fascia boards or gutter spikes. Take a walk around your house and make not of any spots that need to be looked at. Contact us and we will be happy to come out and take a look.