Routine maintenance is essential to maintaining the value and extending the longevity of your home. Pressure washing should be no exception. While just about every exterior surface of your home can benefit from occasional pressure washing, certain areas need a little more TLC than others. Here are three parts of your home that you should pressure wash at least once per year.
Driveways and Sidewalks
Nothing ruins your home’s curb appeal than dirty sidewalks and a stained driveway. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize that concrete is very porous. So gradually, the tiny holes and imperfections in your drive and walkways can fill up with dirt, oil, and rust, leaving you with a serious eyesore. A good pressure washing can easily clean out all of those tiny pores, restoring the concrete surrounding your home to pristine condition.
The siding that forms the outer shell of your home is constantly exposed to the elements. So it comes as no surprise that it can be a hotspot for grime accumulation. Annual pressure washing not only helps to keep your home looking its best but also removes toxins, mold spores, and tiny pests that can cause damage to your home’s siding.
Patios and Decks
Decks and patios are another few areas that should be power washed every year. The surface of both wood and composite are magnets for mildew and algae. So without regular washing and maintenance, your deck or patio can become pretty slippery.
It’s essential to use extreme care when washing natural wood. Certain woods can be damaged by highly pressurized water. For softwoods like pine or cedar, it’s recommended to wash at around 500 PSI. For hardwoods like oak or cherry, you can usually turn up the pressure to 1500 PSI without causing any splintering.
Need a Hand?
Annual pressure washing is a great way to keep your home looking its best. However, without the proper knowledge of how to correctly use pressure washing equipment, you could cause severe damage to your house. If you feel unsure about DIY pressure washing, it’s best to leave it to the pros.
The Wash-N-It team has been proudly providing the Napa area with premier pressure washing services for years, and it would be our pleasure to help you establish a routine for annual home maintenance. Contact us today!