Contractor Tips Blog

Nov
8

Make Your Siding Sparkle for Curb Appeal

Does your home look dull or rundown due to dirty siding? Mildew, dirt, pollen and other substances can stick to your siding, detracting from the beauty of your home. To make your home look beautiful and inviting, clean your siding and improve your curb appeal with pressure washing. It is a quick way to improve the beauty and value of your home, if you use the right tools and techniques.

Safely Cleaning Siding

Pressure washing can be used to clean most types of siding, but it is important to know the right methods. Too high of pressure or the wrong technique and you may damage the siding or loosen shingles. It is important to avoid certain problems, such as:

  • Getting water inside vents that can lead to water or mold damage
  • Lifting shingles
  • High pressure that can dent or pierce vinyl siding
  • Splintering wood siding or shingles
  • Removing paint from too high of pressure or too close of stream
  • Damage to soffits or fascia boards

While pressure washing can remove the dirt and mildew on your home, it can also cause thousands of dollars in damage if not done correctly. To make your siding look like new, it is best to hire a professional pressure washing service that has the right equipment, cleaners and experience to carefully and effectively clean your siding without doing any damage.

In just a few hours, your home’s siding can look fresh and new again. Contact a local pressure washing service to make your siding sparkle and improve your curb appeal. It can add value to your home and protect your siding from damage, making it a worthwhile investment to maintain your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Oct
4

Safety Tips for Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is a quick and efficient way to maintain your home, rinsing away dirt, moss, mildew and other substances from your surfaces. However, pressure washing correctly and safely is sometimes more difficult than it seems. The high-water pressure can damage some surfaces and it can be risky to try and pressure some areas on your own. Here are a few pressure washing safety tips to prevent injury and damage.

Wear the Right Gear

The stream that comes out of a pressure washer can cut into the flesh and cause serious injury. You don’t want to be wearing shorts and sandals when pressure washing around your home. Gear you should wear for protection include:

  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Long pants

Check Surfaces

Pressure washing can do damage to some surfaces. Soft woods can be splintered by too high of pressure and paint can be removed from some surfaces. If you are not sure, try a small area that will not be noticeable or use the lowest pressure possible. Roofs can be severely damaged by the wrong pressure, which can be a very expensive mistake.

Have a Partner

If you will be pressure washing on the street or on the roof, you need someone to help you for safety. They can watch for traffic; you don’t want to accidentally spray a bicyclist or pedestrian with high-pressured water. They can also be there to help secure a safety harness if you are working on the roof.

Hire a Professional for Big Jobs

The best advice for safety is to hire a professional pressure washing service for big jobs. Cleaning roofs, driveways and decks can have many safety and damage risks. Let the professionals do these larger projects to avoid injury or expensive damage around your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Sep
6

Protect the Investment in Your Roof with Regular Cleaning

The roof of your home is one of the most expensive components to replace. You want to make sure it lasts as long as possible before needing to invest in a new roof. One of the best ways to protect your roof and extend the lifespan is with regular cleaning. Removing debris, moss and dirt can help minimize damage and add years to the life of your roof.

Cleaning your roof is best done with low-pressure washing. While sweeping can remove loose debris, it does not clean off moss, mildew and other substances that can ruin your roof and detract from the beauty of your home. A pressure washer is the best tool for the job, but it must be done at low-pressure to protect the roof from damage. Too high of pressure can loosen shingles and cause expensive damage to your roof.

Use a Professional Pressure Washing Service

While it may seem easy to pressure wash your roof on your own, it is not as simple as it seems. It is important to know the right setting to effectively remove debris without causing damage. Plus, roof cleaning can be dangerous; one slip, and you could find yourself on the ground with broken bones or worse. It is best to leave this risky job to professionals that know the correct techniques and have the experience to complete the job without injury.

To protect the investment in your roof, have it cleaned once a year by a professional pressure washing service. Spring and summer are the best time to clean your roof, keeping it clear of moss, mildew and debris that can cause damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Aug
23

Improve Curb Appeal Immediately by Pressure Washing your House

If you are planning to sell your home, host a large reunion or simply want to spruce up the curb appeal of your home, pressure washing is the way to go! Years of dirt and grime could be holding your home’s beauty back. Pressure washing has many benefits, especially if done every few years.

Remove Algae and Mildew

Most pressure washing solutions contain chemicals such as mildewcides and rinsing agents that clean mildew and algae off your home and then be rinsed off in a matter of a few hours.  Feel good knowing your home is clean and sanitized.

Brighten Exterior Paint Colors

Years of dirt and grime can make a home look less vibrant and dull.  Pressure washing allows the color to shine through again for way less than it would cost to repaint.

Safe For Your Home

Most pressure washing companies offer a low pressure wash that can safely clean most exteriors such as wood, vinyl siding, stucco and brick surfaces. They have the techniques and cleaners that can easily wash those hard-to-reach areas.

Do It Yourself

It is also possible to rent a pressure washer from a local home improvement store. They usually charge by the day at reasonable prices. However, you’ll have to read up on the rinses you may want to use to spray on your home to be able to clean it properly. You can also use it to clean your driveway or gutters.  Once you get a clean spot, its hard to quit!

Overall, pressure washing is a much less expensive way to bring back he beauty of your home.  Consider hiring a professional or renting the equipment for your next home project.

Posted on behalf of:
JB Power Clean
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 658-5896

Aug
5

Spruce Up Your Paved Surfaces

Do you have stains, moss or other debris on your paved surfaces around your home? With the nice weather upon us, it is time to clean up those sidewalks, driveways and patios. Most cement, pavers, brick and asphalt can be effectively cleaned with pressure washing, a quick and effective way to spruce up your paved surfaces.

Reasons to Pressure Wash Your Pavement

Pressure washing can make a big difference when it comes to improving the beauty of your home, especially those paved surfaces. However, it is not just to make your home look better. When it comes to maintaining driveways, patios and sidewalks, pressure washing is one of the best ways to protect your investment. Here are some good reasons to choose pressure washing for a quick pavement rejuvenation.

  • No chemicals. In most cases, no chemicals are needed to give your cement, pavers, brick or asphalt a good, thorough cleaning. Pressure washing only uses water to remove dirt, moss and other debris. Chemicals can harm your paved surfaces; they can also impact your landscaping and outdoor environment.
  • Reduce repairs. When plants begin sprouting between pavers or moss is growing on your brick, it can affect the pavement structure. Keeping your paved surfaces clean reduces wear and tear on your pavement and prevents damage that may need repair.
  • Safety. A thorough cleaning of your sidewalks, patios and driveways is a good way to keep your walking areas safe. Pressure washing removes debris that can cause a stumble or moss that can be slippery when wet.

Save time and make sure your pressure washing is done right by hiring a local contractor to perform your paved surfaces cleaning. Your outdoor area will look great while protecting your investment in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Aug
1

Pressure Washing Your Gutters

Let’s face it, the last thing anyone thinks about is their gutters. They are out of sight and out of mind. However, they are very important to the durability of a home. Gutters collect the rain runoff from the roof, and redirect that water away from areas you want to keep dry-like your foundation and flower beds. They also prevent erosion around your home.

But keeping gutters clean is another job all together. They collect leaves and gook and can easily clog if not maintained properly. Gutters that have standing water because of clogs may spill over and cause leaks in the roof. That is why a thorough cleaning is recommended yearly. Pressure washing equipment can be rented from home improvement stores, or a service can be hired out to professionally vacuum and pressure wash your gutters for you.

If you opt to do the job yourself, do not clean your gutters using a ladder. The power of the water may make you lose balance and get hurt. Instead use a long curved nozzle specially designed for gutters. They are a safer and much more efficient for the job. Renting equipment can save money, and you may decide not to stop with the gutters and clean your driveway and siding while you’re at it.

There are many benefits to hiring a service to pressure wash your gutters. First the job is done quickly by people who know what they are doing. They also can check for and repair damage they encounter while working on your gutters. This may save some costs and headaches down the line. And of course, it means you don’t have to do it, which is always a plus.

So whether you pressure wash your gutters yourself or hire out a professional, remember to give them your attention annually to insure that your roof and home is well protected from water.

Posted on behalf of:
JB Power Clean
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 658-5896

Jul
20

Make Your Deck Look Like New Again

A new wood deck is stunning – not only does it add an outdoor living space for your home, it can add beauty to your home. That is, if it is maintained. When wood is stained or protected, it has a beautiful, rich color. But over time, the protection wears off and weather takes its toll. Yearly maintenance can help keep your deck looking like new.

Wood may be brown or tan in color when it is first milled, but that is not the way it will stay. The elements and chemical reactions can change the color. Clear coating that protects the wood from rot can also protect the natural color; stain can also bring out deeper hues or make the wood a deeper brown.

All wood will fade to gray over time. Stain can keep it looking brown longer, but eventually stain will fade too. The sun fades the color of wood, while rain and moisture can allow it to mildew. Keeping your deck looking good means keeping it clean and reapplying stain or clear coating to protect the surface.

Pressure washing can remove the dirt, grime and mildew from your deck. If the stain is still intact, just a good cleaning bring out the beauty of the wood. If you do plan on adding more stain or wood protectant, pressure washing the wood first will prepare it for the process. Make sure to let the wood dry for a few days after pressure washing before applying any color.

If you deck is looking dull, bring it back to life with regular maintenance. Hire your local pressure washing service to clean your deck; then, add new stain to make it look like new again.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

May
16

Pressure Washing Can Add Value to Your Home

Are you putting your home on the market? Every detail can help when selling a home, and one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your curb appeal is through exterior house washing. Making sure the surfaces on and around your home are clean is a quick way to add to the value and increase its potential. Pressure washing is the best way to clean more exterior surfaces safely and effectively. Here are few places to power wash before you put up the “for sale” sign. 

  • Driveway and garage door. One of the area people see first is the driveway and garage door. Spray away any dirt, grime or stains to make this noticeable area pristine for improved curb appeal.
  • Walkways and patios. Pressure washing can clean concrete or stone sidewalks, walkways and patio, clearing away moss, mildew or other surface issues.
  • Roofing and siding. Give you home a bath with pressure washing from top to bottom. It can be amazing how much newer your roof and siding will look when the months of grime are washed away.
  • Fences and decks. Power washing is perfect for almost all surfaces, including wood. Bring out the beauty of your wood fencing and deck with pressure washing – make sure to use the right level of pressure to only clean, not strip or splinter.

In one day, you can have your entire home and the surfaces around it cleaned with pressure washing. Hire a professional pressure washing crew to make your home sparkle from the sidewalk entrance to the top of the roof before you get ready to put it on the market.

Posted on behalf of:
JB Power Clean
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 658-5896

May
16

How Pressure Washing Can Protect Your Shingled Roof

Replacing the roof on your home can be one of the most expensive home improvements you need to do, so you want it to last. Although shingles are meant to withstand the elements and last twenty years or more, you can help protect them from premature wear. Roofing is a haven for fungus and algae growth that can not only make your home look dirty, it can possibly shorten the life of your shingles. Pressure washing at least once a year can improve the look of your home and protect your shingles from damage.

The types of algae and moss that grow on shingles use the rough surface to secure their territory. Moss can grow on roofs in wet climates, while algae is common in some areas on the shaded side of the roof. Both can cause a deterioration of the shingles and detract from the beauty of your home.

Pressure Washing Your Roof

While pressure washing can remove algae, moss and debris from your roof, it must be done carefully. Too high of pressure can damage shingles, doing more harm than good. Professional pressure washing companies use equipment that can be fine-tuned with enough pressure to remove the growths on your shingles without causing damage. It is worth the investment to hire a professional for low pressure roof cleaning instead of doing it yourself to make sure your shingles are cleaned but not stripped or lifted.

If you have noticed black streaks on your roofing or patches of moss, contact your local professional pressure washing service for a roof cleaning. It will make your home look beautiful while protecting the shingles to help them last longer.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Mar
31

What Types of Siding can be Pressure Washed?

Is your home or business looking drab or dirty? Exposure to the elements can stain your siding or leave dust, debris or mildew on the surface. One of the quickest ways to restore the exterior of your building is with pressure washing. However, you may be worried that it could damage your siding. The good news is that pressure washing can be used to clean most building exterior surfaces, if it is done correctly.

Pressure washing can be used to clean almost any siding. Some of the types that are easily cleaned with pressure washing include:

  • Brick
  • Vinyl siding
  • Stucco
  • Dryvit
  • Shingles

In one day, your home or business can look new again when the dirt and mildew is removed from the exterior. However, pressure washing your siding and exterior surfaces requires expertise. Using the wrong method could cause expensive damage to your structure. 

Pressure Washing Siding and Exterior Surfaces

If you need your home or business’ exterior cleaned, hire a professional pressure washing service. Improper pressure or technique can damage your siding, brick, shingles or stucco. You want to have your surface cleaned with low pressure that effectively removes mildew and dirt, while not damaging the surface. Plus, you want to ensure that the company you choose uses eco-friendly cleaners that will not harm your plants and landscaping.

You can make your home or business sparkle again in one day. Talk to your local pressure washing service about cleaning your siding to make your building look like new again. Experienced professionals can clean almost any type of siding without damaging the surface, helping you maintain and protect your investment.

Posted on behalf of:
JB Power Clean
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 658-5896

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