Many homeowners who want to keep their property pristine often wonder if it is worth it to power wash their decks to bring them back to their former glory. Have you noticed that your wood, metal, or composite deck has gotten duller and dirtier over time and now just doesn’t shine like before?
Perhaps you might also be considering pressure washing your deck by yourself or hiring a professional. In this article, we will discuss the risks of washing your deck on your own, as well as the benefits of hiring a professional and discuss how much it might cost.
Are There Risks to Pressure Washing Your Deck?
While it might seem like a quick and easy job to rent a pressure washer and do it yourself or borrow your neighbor’s washer and give it a go, it may come with risks.
If you have a wood or composite deck, you have to take into consideration the material that you are washing and how you go about it so as to not damage your deck. If you damage your deck, then pressure washing it really wasn’t worth it, was it?
On timber deck boards, a power washer can cause splintering, and if it is already splintering, a pressure washer can make the whole situation much worse. On composite decks, depending on the material, pressure washing can scar the boards or even chip the metal.
When is Pressure Washing Worth it? — And How Much Does it Cost?
While going it alone is never recommended due to the often unforeseen power of a pressure washer, if you hire a professional who knows what they are doing, you can be sure that you will get a good clean deck with no risk of damage.
But, how much is a clean deck worth to you? If you’re wondering about the price, it varies depending on the size and material of your deck. A national average for smaller metal decks comes in at about $150, but you can expect to pay a bit more for larger decks — especially with softer materials like many woods.