After years of family gatherings, playdates and holidays, it’s probably safe to say your home has experienced some wear and tear. As winter turns to spring, summer and fall, various factors can have an effect on the appearance of a house; the elements of nature certainly take a toll on the exterior. If your house isn’t looking as vibrant and attractive as it did when you moved in, consider giving it a power wash.
With sun, dirt, wind and water hitting the house year-round, acid rain, smoke and other pollutants can stick to the surfaces and cause stains and damage. Mold and grime can settle into unchecked or uncleaned areas over time.
While you may feel tempted to give the exterior a once over with intense water jets, not all areas should be power washed. Power washing may be too aggressive for some siding and paint jobs. Never aim a power washer at:
- Wood siding
- Electrical panels and equipment
- Old mortar
- Weak windows
- Loose gutters
- Stained wood or recently painted areas
Maintaining a house means taking care of your investment. For any home renovation project, preventative maintenance can go a long way to ensure that costly repairs are avoided. Power washing is a great way to keep your tools and assets in tip-top shape. It not only cleans and preserves equipment, but it also eradicates mold and mildew and can reduce exposure to allergens that may be creeping into the house.
Your property’s curb appeal can be restored with a good, thorough wash. A clean and fresh exterior can help increase its value, improve your family’s health and prevent repairs in the future. If you’re ready to start power washing, take a look at the infographic for tips on where to start.