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.
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.
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.
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.