If you have ever tried to clean a driveway, patio, siding or roof by hand, you know how difficult and time-consuming the task can be. Even if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands and you generally enjoy cleaning, you will likely find that a handwashing simply is not enough to cut through all the dirt, grime and other contaminants that build up on a home’s exterior surfaces over time. This is where powerwashing comes in.
Powerwashing Your Property
Powerwashing, as the name implies, is a powerful way of getting this job done effectively and quickly. Power washing is much like pressure washing in the sense that it uses water at high pressure to clean surfaces, but it has the added element of heating the water for a more thorough cleaning.
Here is a look at some of the most popular applications for powerwashing.
Keep Your Property Looking Nice
A power washer is ideal for making commercial buildings look like new. A commercial property’s appearance can have a big influence on how the company is perceived by customers and potential customers who pass by the premises, and powerwashing can help you get the first impression right.
Powerwashing can clean the large surfaces of commercial properties far faster than hand washing, and it can give a much more dramatic result. Keeping the property tidy makes your business look more professional.
Clean Up Fences And Surroundings
Another top use for powerwashing is cleaning up fences and other surroundings on a home or other type of property. A vinyl fence can be easily cleaned using a safe pressure level, although wood fences might require professional powerwashing services because the softer material means there is a higher potential for damage.
Washing fences with hand methods can be a very tedious and time-consuming endeavor, and a power washer is a great way to save time and remove stubborn dirt.
Powerwashing Your Decks And Patios
Power washing is a very convenient way to wash decks and patios. It can help to remove general grime, dirt, algae, and other contaminants. This not only leaves decks and patios looking great, but it is also an essential first step if you plan to repaint or stain these surfaces.
Paint does not adhere well to dirty surfaces, and any residue that is painted over could cause the paint to lift or peel fairly quickly, leading to an unattractive appearance and greater costs in terms of needing to repaint sooner. Regular power washing on decks that have already been painted can also extend the amount of time before further repainting or staining is needed.
Roofs can be cleaned with pressure washers, although it is important to use caution with certain roofing materials. Cleaning asphalt roof shingles, for example, requires the use of a soft wash technique with low-pressure washer to rinse the dirt away, while speciated detergents can be used to deal with algae and other damaging living organisms on the surface. When algae, lichen and moss grow on the roof, they can lead to deterioration, so addressing this is an important way of extending the roof’s lifespan.
Powerwashing Can Clean Concrete And Driveways
Powerwashing is one of the best ways to clean concrete given its porous nature, which allows grime, dirt and other contaminants to permeate the surface. It is also a great way to prepare a driveway or other concrete surface for sealing. Sealing can help prevent water from getting into the concrete and freezing, which can cause cracking, pitting and chipping, but sealant will not adhere if the surface has not been thoroughly cleaned beforehand.
Wash Exterior Of Homes
The top use of power washers is cleaning the siding on homes. This is by far the most effective, affordable and quickest way to clean the exterior of a home, and many homeowners recognize the value of protecting their investment in their home’s siding.
It is particularly effective at fighting algae, which becomes airborne and can land on roofs as well as the siding of homes, especially the north-facing side that receives less sun. Algae not only causes a green-brown residue, but it can also become embedded into the siding and lead to permanent staining. Over time, this algae might migrate beneath the siding, where it can cause damage to the underlying plywood. This is why power washing a home’s siding at least once per year is recommended.
Work With Waterproof Caulking & Restoration For Your Powerwashing Needs
Powerwashing is a job that is best left to the professionals. Talk with the experts at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration have a vast collection of power washing and pressure washing machines at their disposal, allowing them to use the right machine and cleansers for the task at hand to strike the perfect balance between getting the surface clean without damaging or compromising it.