4 Things You Need to Know About Pressure Washing

Grime be gone! From decks to driveways, here's what you need to know about the cost of pressure washing your home.

Flowers planted? Check! Lawn mowed? Check! Siding, driveway, and deck power washed? If these are three items you have yet to check off that never-ending home maintenance list, don't fret! Here's everything you need to know to get your home's exterior back in action with power washing.

When to Wash

Spring, summer, fall, or winter? When it comes to exterior pressure washing, the most popular times include late spring and early fall.

May and June are prime pressure washing times to prepare your home for those summer barbeques. Does your deck need a stain before summer? Pressure washing to remove built-up dirt and grime is an essential first step in this process! Is your siding struggling to recover from a harsh winter? Pressure washing can help remove those built-up stains in no time!

From summer to fall -- when the sun begins to fade, it's time to prepare your home for winter. September and October are another peak season for scheduling pressure washing to remove any built-up dirt, mold, or mildew from your driveway and siding before the temperatures drop.  

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: While you want your home in top shape before entering the summer and winter months, to make sure you get your desired date it may be beneficial to schedule your pressure washing projects just before or after peak seasons.

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How to Budget

As with other home improvement projects, you'll want to know how much to set aside in the budget for those seasonal pressure washing needs. On average, pressure washing projects tend to run around $280. However, since these projects vary in size and cleaning requirements from home to home and situation to situation, the prices will vary. To help plan for your pocketbook, here's what you need to know about the price of popular pressure washing projects.

Pressure Washing a Driveway

The average cost to pressure wash a driveway is between $80 and $200. The main factor that will drive this cost toward the higher end of the budget is the size of the driveway. Since driveways with a larger square footage require more time and labor, their costs can (and will) add up.

Clean Up Your Concrete

Pressure Washing Siding

Having your siding pressure washed? You can expect to pay between $100 and $300 for this cleaning project. While these costs will once again vary based on the size of the home itself, hard-to-reach and high-up areas can also demand a premium price. For example, it may cost more to have a two-story home cleaned than to have a ranch-style home cleaned. But trust us, because of the safety risks and special equipment required to reach these levels, this is not a project to tackle on your own.

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Pressure Washing a Deck

When it comes to pressure washing a deck, the average price is anywhere from $250 to $500. The size and material of your deck will determine not only the final price, but also what method should be used. For example, getting a wood deck ready for staining may require a different treatment and pressure level than a vinyl deck that simply needs dirt removed.

Maintain Your Deck

When to Ask for Special Treatment

Of course there are times when a basic pressure wash is all that you need. In fact, adding pressure washing to your spring and fall home maintenance list can help eliminate the buildup of problem areas that need extra treatment, and extra money. But if you've spotted a problem area, don't fret! From mildew, mold, fungus, and algae growth to trouble stains, a local pressure washing service can recommend any special (or chemical) treatments that may be required.

Insider Tips and Tricks

Does it sound like you need your siding, driveway, and deck power washed? If you need multiple areas of your home cleaned, it's often more efficient to have the projects done together. Power washing everything at once saves the service from having to come out multiple times, which can in turn save you on labor fees. Plus, your entire home will be sparkling. We'll chalk that up to a win-win!

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: When it comes to pressure washing and power washing, making the right choice is absolutely essential. Some surfaces will not be able to withstand the high levels of power washing heat, while others will break down under the high level of pressure with pressure washing. If the wrong method is used, it could end up causing damages that need repair. If you feel uncomfortable tackling these projects on your own, don't hesitate to reach out to a local service!

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