Pressure washing certain areas of your home not only clears off accumulated dirt, stains, and grime but also brings back their original aesthetic appeal and makes your home even more comfortable to live in. However, it’s good to know that not all areas of your home that need washing can be pressure-washed. In some areas, pressure washing can do more harm than good, particularly if not done by a professional.
Here are 4 main areas that you can pressure wash and why:
The driveway is constantly accumulating dirt, oil, and debris from the surrounding environment. However, most people only clean the driveway to clear off items such as fallen leaves and sand. Sweeping or light washing is not enough to clean tiny dirt particles entrenched in the driveway’s joints and cracks.
Accumulation of dirt and debris in these cracks and joints can allow weeds to grow, causing a very unsightly appearance. It also makes the cracks spread faster, hence damaging it and calling for costly repairs.
Pressure washing the driveway helps to clean off even those hard-to-reach particles within your brick’s cracks. It also helps take off accumulated grime and stains on your driveway, giving it its beautiful original appeal.
The roof protects your home from a host of harsh weather elements. With time, plenty of dirt, dust, and leaves accumulate on its surface, joints, and gutters. Sometimes, mold and algae grow on roof materials such as asphalt shingles and make them change their color to black. Cleaning the roof is therefore important to clear off this dirt and help the roof regain its original appearance.
However, it’s important to note that pressure washing an asphalt roof is not advised. Pressure washing it can damage the shingle’s granules and cause it to degrade or have a shorter lifespan. Pressure washing is advised for roof materials such as metal.
It is important that you leave roof pressure washing to the professionals because roofs are highly delicate towards water. Professionals use a certain amount of pressure, which is not too high or too low, to clean the roof and remove any dirt or grime hiding in those very far-to-reach areas.
The home siding or exterior
This is one of the most important areas of your home that need pressure washing at least once a year. The exterior attracts plenty of dust and dirt particles that accumulate on it and cause it to appear dirty, neglected and unappealing. And considering that it’s the first thing visitors see when they come into your compound, it’s important to take good care of it to give it a sparkling look all-year-round.
If your home’s siding or exterior is made of brick, vinyl, aluminum, or any other pressure-washable material, pressure washing it once or twice a year can help maintain its aesthetic appeal. It’s advisable to have it done professionally so that the right water pressure is used for perfect results.
Pressure washing your deck before painting or staining is a fast and efficient way to get it ready for the process. Pressure washing the deck helps in removing dirt, grime, surface discoloration, and stains that have accumulated on it over time.
Pressure washing is important before applying any type of finishing to a wood deck because, without it, there is a high possibility that your new finish or coating will fail prematurely. It helps to clear off the old surface layer of the wood hence removing the old finish, stains, and accumulated dirt in one swoop.
Pressure washing can be used in many more areas within your home. However, it’s important to note that professional help should be considered so that the right pressure is applied in each area.