Looking to give your house a refresh? Then roll in the pressure washer this summer! Summer is the best time to pressure wash for two big reasons. First, being after the wetter seasons of winter and spring, summer is when you can really identify the problem spots where mold, mildew, and other gunk have congregated. Second, long and dry summer days are perfect for fully drying out those problem spots once they’ve been properly power washed.
But where to begin? Check out the following top spots every homeowner should inspect and consider pressure washing this summer:
Top Spots to Pressure Wash in Summer
- Brick & Concrete. Concrete and prick are wonderful materials for driveways, patios, and other walkways. However, these materials are also prone to heavy mildew growth which, in addition to being unsightly, can pose a slipping hazard. For best effects in pressure washing these areas, be sure to soak the concrete with a low-pressure spray first and then apply a cleaning agent. After a complete pressure wash, consider using a sealer to mitigate future mildew growth. Note that extreme caution should be used around any bricks held together with older mortar as using too high a setting here risks blasting out loose materials and compromising the structures overall integrity.
- Vinyl Siding. Vinyl siding is a popular and aesthetically pleasing exterior building material. Unfortunately, its surface often attracts dirt, mold, and other airborne particulates. While small problem areas are best cleaned by hand with either a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush, big jobs require big tools, with the best tool for this job being a pressure washer. Properly pressure washing vinyl exteriors can be tricky, however, as proper technique and psi levels must be followed otherwise the user risks leaving lines and dents in the vinyl and potential water intrusion around older window frames. Novices should consider hiring professional pressure washing services in such situations.
- Wooden Decks, Docks, & Others. Wood is a fantastic building material that is commonly used for all sorts of exterior purposes, like docks and patios. It does age, however, and commonly gets a weathered look in addition to attracting mold and dirt. A good pressure washing, especially when done before a staining, is an excellent way of giving wooden materials their previous luster and color. However, like vinyl, wood is a tricky material to pressure wash as utilizing too much pressure can destroy wood fibers and leave decks and patios with a furry-like top. Different wooden materials also require different cleaning agents to best remove mold and preserve their fantastic appearance. Homeowners not experienced with pressure washing this material should consult with professional services before getting started.
For more information about what types of materials can be pressure washed and other pressure washing tips, or to schedule a consultation with a professional pressure washer in your area, contact our team today. Let us help you transform your home and property and make it look like new once again!