Pressure Washing Your Deck

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.


Exterior Trim Maintenance

Fascia_Rot_2-250x187There 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 seRotten Rafter Tails Outside 306e 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, gutter spikeeven 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.

Some of the things we can do for you.

IMG_3977There are times when a certain project is not hard.  It may not be complicated.  It may not even take that long.  But, when you start to add some of these small projects together, they add up very quickly.  A closet shelf here, a closet shelf there, a clock here, a picture there, another clock here, assembling a little table, unpacking office furniture, and taking out the packing material are all small and easy jobs.  But adding them together easily makes for over 6IMG_3974 hours of work.  Who really has time for that?  3 Nails 4 U Construction does.  Last night we were up in Alexandria working in an office doing these little projects.  It was fun and rewarding to be able to check things off the list quickly.  Some times it is not a matter of “I can do it!”  Some times it is simply a matter of “I don’t have time.”  For those times it is good to have a go to person you can trust and rely on.  No matter how big or how small the project may be; we are here to help.  Contact us to find out how we can help you with your remodeling and improvement needs.