Take a look at the exterior of your home. Is the siding brown or green? Does it appear to have algae? Can you spot dirt and grime? If so, it’s time to give your home exterior a fresh power washing.
Power Versus Pressure Washing
Power washing creates a strong, steady stream of water that removes built-up dirt and contaminants on a surface. This method uses highly pressurized steam which can damage softer surfaces, like wood and aluminum. Pressure washing uses unheated tap water and is gentler on surfaces. Pick the kind of washer that is the best fit for your home exterior.
Reasons to Power Wash
Power washing has many benefits. For one, it boosts curb appeal. An unclean home exterior will reduce the overall look of your property. Bring the sparkle back by removing dirt and grime from the surface.
A good power washing can help remove mold and algae which can get into small pores on the surface. If you see dark spots on the siding that seem to be spreading, you likely have a mold problem. Pressurized water can remove the growth and stop it from coming back again. Hand-scrubbing with soap and water is very time consuming and isn’t as effective.
Power washing also prepares surfaces for painting and refinishing. A clean surface allows paint and stain to be applied smoothly and adhere properly.
A clean surface will show damage that needs to be repaired. Problems can include holes in the siding or a bird’s nest in an eave.
Pressurized water blasts away pests hiding in crevices. Holes or gaps will also be revealed that insects are using to get into your home. Power washing will also get rid of pest droppings that could stain or discolor your home exterior.
Power washing saves money and time. Contaminants that aren’t cleaned off regularly can damage your home over time. Don’t let dirt, grime, and mold build up. It will cost you more in the long run to replace siding, shingles, or concrete. Washing your home with a power washer also takes a lot less time than scrubbing it by hand.
When to Pressure Wash
Normally, a deep cleaning is done at least once a year. However, more frequent cleanings are necessary in climates where a home is more exposed to the elements. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, humid climates. Same goes if you live in a coastal area where sand and dirt from sea water spray can build up. In colder climates, wind and rain can leave a surface of dirt on your home. If you live in a wooded area, sap can do a number on your home exterior. Soot and pollution can impact homes in the city.
DIY or Professional Power Washing
Taking the DIY route can save you money, but there’s no guarantee caked-on grime will be fully removed. If you don’t take proper precautions, a pressure washer can lead to serious injury or surface damage. With DIY pressure washing, you don’t have access to professional-quality cleaning agents. A DIY job can also blow holes in your siding, strip off paint, and cause water to penetrate your home. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to call the professionals to do the job.
Turn to Us for Your Power Washing Needs
If you are ready to spruce up your outdoor space, the professionals at Peak Power Wash can help. Let us deep clean your home exterior, deck, sidewalk, or driveway. We use a technique called “soft wash”, which uses a much lower amount of pressure and reduces potential harm to surfaces. Contact us at 443-686-WASH or visit our website to request a free estimate.