With only a few months left of winter and spring right around the corner, the home improvement season is about to start. If you have siding on your home, you may want to freshen up your look with a pressure washing.
Winter can be harsh on our homes. Before you get started you should take care of the necessary things. The first step to is to give your siding and roof an inspection. It’s a great way to see how everything is holding up.
The right tool for the job
Pressure washing is by far the best way to clean and restore the siding of your house. It’s quick and you could even call it fun. Nothing quite like shooting that powerful stream of focused water and seeing how everything magically starts looking better. Is is however, hard work as well, so you might want to consider a professional powerwashing company for the job.
Power washers are not to be taken lightly though. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” and it’s very fitting for a pressure washer. This is a serious power tool. It is capable of damaging your siding and as with all power tools, if you aren’t careful you can hurt yourself or others around you. So read up that safety manual, wear your safety gear, and pay attention to what you are blasting.
There are several different types of pressure washers for consumer use. The smallest and easiest ones to use are usually electric models. These don’t require any special water supply and are a great fit for several applications. You can do a lot more than just clean your siding with them. Then we have gas powered models that are a lot more powerful and if you need anything beyond what a gas power washer can do, you’ll need a commercial powerwashing one. If it comes to that, you are probably better off hiring a contractor to perform a commercial powerwashing service.
The next thing to consider is the type of nozzle you’ll be using. The nozzle can have a huge effect on the pressure of the water you’ll be shooting out. Make sure you read up on the type of nozzle you’ll be using, find out if you can adjust it to perform pressure washing, and always try it out first on something that you know won’t break. Better safe than sorry, especially if you are using a powerful unit.
What type of siding do you have?
Most homes have either vinyl, brick, wood, fiber cement, stucco, stone siding, or a combination of these. You must keep in mind that not all are safe to pressure wash. Brick, for example, is very delicate, and repairs can be costly if you damage it. Vinyl siding is probably the safest one. It’s very resistant and can put up even with commercial powerwashing pressures.
Before you start blasting away, make sure your siding won’t get damaged with the pressure. If you’re not sure, just call the pros. Pressure washing is a great way to keep your siding looking brand new. With the proper precautions you will have your house looking good as new in no time.