Contractor Tips Blog

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

Mar
31

3 Reasons to Schedule a Professional Roof Cleaning

Your home’s roof protects the entire structure and is a vital component of your home. It is also one of the most expensive components to replace or repair, making it advantageous to keep it maintained. One of the best ways to protect your investment in your roof is to keep is clean and free of debris, mold and moss. Here are three excellent reasons to have your roof cleaned annually by a professional.

  1. Prevent damage. Mold, moss and debris can accumulate on your roof, causing damage to the shingles and structure if not removed. Moss in particular can be detrimental to the roof surface and must be carefully removed to avoid damaging shingles. Low water pressure should be used to clean your roof to avoid harming the structure while removing debris.
  2. Curb appeal. Debris, stains and moss can make your home look untidy and unkempt. Schedule a pressure washing of your roof to improve the curb appeal of your home; this is especially important if you plan on selling your home.
  3. Avoid injury. Roof cleaning should be left to the professionals; don’t try to clean your roof yourself. You can put yourself at risk of injury and possibly damage the structure if too high of pressure is used when washing your roof. Trust a professional pressure washing company that offers roof cleaning using low-pressure washing to preserve the integrity of the structure.

Like all aspects of your home, you roof needs ongoing maintenance to extend its lifespan. Keep your roof healthy and clean with annual professional roof cleanings. It can save you money off repairs and replacement in the future.

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

Feb
17

Quick Restoration for Your Wood Fence

Has your wood fence lost its luster? While wood fencing can be a beautiful and functional addition to your home, it does require maintenance to keep it in good shape. Exposure to the elements can affect the wood, causing it to oxidize and collect mildew and moss. If your wood fencing has turned gray, green or is streaked with black mildew, it can detract from the beauty of your home. The good news is that a quick cleaning can bring it back to its former glory.

Pressure washing can remove the dirt, mildew and moss from your wood, and bring back the natural brown color. This is a quick process that can make a dingy wood fence look like new again in one afternoon. Once the wood has been cleaned and dried, adding stain, sealant or both can give it the protection it needs to stay beautiful for years to come.

Pressure Washing Wood Fences

While pressure washing is a quick solution to restore wood fencing, it does come with drawbacks. If done incorrectly, wood fence pressure washing can damage the fence. Many fences are made with cedar or pine planks, a softer wood that can be damaged with improper use of a pressure washer. Too high of pressure or placing the wand too close to the wood can splinter the surface.

To make sure your fence is cleaned, not damaged, it is worthwhile to hire a professional for your fence cleaning. They have the experience and equipment to quickly clean your wood fence, decking and other outdoor wood structures without damaging the surfaces. You can sit back and relax while they restore your fence and make it look like new again.

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

Feb
17

How to Make Brick Look New Again

Do you have a brick home, fencing, driveway or other structure that is beginning to look worse for the wear? While new or well-maintained brick offers a classic, luxury appearance, it loses its appeal when it become dirty or stained. Brick does require ongoing maintenance to protect it from damage and to keep it looking its best. If you have brick that is mildewed, stained or covered with a white film, it needs cleaning. You can bring your old brick back to life again with a simple day of pressure washing.

Brick usually does not require chemicals or tough cleaners to clean. Plain water is usually all it needs to strip away mildew, dirt, moss and even efflorescence (the white film that can accumulate on the surface).  A tough stain may require a mild soap and water, but in most cases, water and gentle scrubbing are all you need to bring out the natural beauty of your brick work.

Risks of High Water Pressure to Brick

While pressure washing brick with low pressure can remove most common contaminants on brick, you need to avoid high pressure. Too much water pressure can damage brick and mortar. You may chip away part of the brick or remove mortar, harming the structure. Repointing or new mortaring can be time-consuming and expensive. It is best to hire a professional to clean your brick using specialized low-pressure equipment that will clean without harming your structure.

Make your old brick look new again and improve the beauty of your home. Call your local pressure washing service to learn more about cleaning your brick to restore its classic appeal and protect it from damage.

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

Jan
23

Can Pressure Washing Harm My Siding or Deck?

When your siding is streaked with mildew or your wood deck is looking old and gray, a cleaning is in order. The most common way to clean these large outdoor surfaces is with pressure washing. While this method can have excellent results, it can also have risks. If done incorrectly, you could damage your siding or decking, which can be a very expensive mistake. How do you clean your deck and siding without harming these surfaces?

Low-Pressure Washing

The problem with home pressure washers is they may not have enough variance in pressure. Some models may only have two settings, giving you very little control over the amount of pressure. While this is not an issue with paved surfaces, it could be a problem when cleaning siding and decking, especially wood varieties. High pressure can splinter and damage wood decks; it can also damage wood shingles or other types of siding. Also, high pressure can strip stain and paint, not just remove the dirt, mildew and stains.

Low-pressure washing is the safest for removing grime from your wood and vulnerable surfaces without harming the material. Getting just enough pressure to remove dirt and mildew, without affecting paint or digging into the siding or deck takes experience and training, plus the right equipment. For these types of projects, it is best to hire a professional pressure washing company that offers low-pressure options and has the expertise to clean without damaging your siding or deck.

Pressure washing can make your deck and home look like new again, but you want to make sure the right method is used. Hire a low-pressure washing service to get the best results.

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

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