8 Reasons Why You Should Power Wash Your Home

Power washing your home could seem like an extravagance if you’re not aware of the benefits, but in reality, it should be a part of every homeowner’s maintenance routine.

Your home’s exterior is exposed to harsh elements all the time; that’s it’s job! Natural conditions like sun, wind, dirt, ultraviolet rays, insects, birds –  not to mention things like acid rain, smoke, pollutants and car exhaust – constantly take a beating on your home and contribute to its soiling, discoloration, and damage.

Power washing is the most effective and efficient way to clean your home’s exterior and safeguard your investment, your time, and your family’s health.

 #1 – Power Washing Prevents Damage

Moisture during the winter can cause serious damage and stains to your home’s exterior surfaces. If you allow the grime to stay on your surfaces, or the stains to sit for long periods of time, permanent damage can result. Mold damages painted surfaces and concrete coatings like cool concrete if left unchecked for long periods of time. Mold actually feeds on the paint and finishes, therefore, removing them.

Crevices are especially susceptible to the accumulation of dirt, algae, and grime, while mildew and mold thrive in shaded areas and can grow unchecked for years if not properly taken care of.

Additionally, the Texas sun beats down harshly year around, discoloring and wearing away outside surfaces. Power washing removes dirt and grime and prevents it from turning into permanent damage.

#2 – Maintenance Saves Money

Buying a house is an investment that needs to be protected. The price of any sort of maintenance in addition to a mortgage and other bills can seem hefty if you don’t think of it as necessary maintenance that safeguards your initial investment and saves you a lot of money down the road. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your property’s value and avoiding costly repairs. By making pressure washing a part of your consistent maintenance routine, you can take years off of an older home and keep it looking new for years to come. It’s also the most cost-efficient way to wash your entire exterior.

Plus, power washing is actually a lot less expensive than refinishing or repainting. If you are repainting, however, power washing is a critical first step for getting your house ready.

#3 – Power Washing Primes Surfaces

If you are planning to refinish, resurface, or paint the exterior of your home, pressure washing is the perfect way to prepare and make sure that your existing surface is ready for its new look. By removing all the dirt and grime, you ensure that you have a clean, smooth surface on which to paint. The same goes for re-staining your deck or refinishing your pool – pressure washing first ensures that surfaces will hold on to their new finishes. Any coating you apply on a surface is more likely to fall off if you don’t properly remove old paint, dust, chalk and mildew.

#4 – Protects Your and Your Family’s Health

Speaking of dust and mildew, these things could not only be affecting your home’s appearance but your family’s health as well. All the dirt, grime, and mildew that accumulates on your home’s exterior surfaces can be dangerous. Removing them yearly with a pressure washing helps keep you and your pets from getting sick.

More than 20 million adults and 6 million children suffer from seasonal allergies in the U.S. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), some of the most common allergic triggers are pollen, mold spores and dust mites, all of which are washed away by power washing.

Springtime, when allergens run high, is the perfect time to include your home’s exterior into your spring cleaning. Power washing the exterior can reduce the amount of allergens in and around your home, and reduce the time your family spends coughing, sneezing and with watery eyes. Our soap solution removes allergens, kills algae and fungus, and protects against harmful bacteria.

#5 – It’s Environmentally Friendly

Our solution is not only gentle for your family, but environmentally friendly as well. At Westlake, we pride ourselves on being eco-friendly and responsible. All of our cleaning solutions are non-toxic and safe for pets and children. All of our pressure washing techniques are also safe on your grass, plants, and other shrubberies around your home.

We’re EPA-certified, which means our detergents are biodegradable but still tough enough to remove all mold, mildew, dirt, and debris. Other cleaning methods such as hand cleaning and spot solutions usually need to be harsh in order to do the same work that power washing achieves through pressure and technique.

#6 – Power Washing Saves Time

Pressure washing is simply the most efficient way to clean your home’s exterior. Your time is valuable, so efficiency is key when it comes to cleaning. Letting professionals power wash your home means you don’t need to deal with mixing cleaning solutions, climbing ladders, and scrubbing strenuously at stubborn stains. We can accomplish in minutes what would take hours by hand. Our team of professionals will take care of your entire cleaning in just one visit. Take a load off, and let us deal with the dirt!

#7 – Restores Curb Appeal Overnight

Pressure washing is a restorative process. Your house gets a makeover without you having to spend a lot of money on renovations. By removing years of stains and baked-in dirt, power washing refreshes your house’s look and turns years back on the clock to help your home look brand new. It doesn’t make sense to spend money on landscaping and decorations if your home’s exterior is not part of the effort. No matter the surface, power washing your home is the best way to get rid of mold, mildew and stains on your home’s siding, driveway, deck, and fencing. A fresh look is a great way to feel pride in your home and is a way to contribute to your neighborhood’s community.

#8 – Increase Property Value

If you’re looking to sell, power washing could be the difference between making a sale and not. Exteriors degrade, discolor, and oxide as time passes. Because of this, your property can lose value. Power washing helps a fresh looking paint job take, making it free of peeling and chipping and it helps your home look new on its own. Obviously, a good-looking house is much easier to rent or sell.

According to Consumer Reports, a good pressure washing along with needed paint touch-ups and exterior enhancements can help increase the value of your home by as much as 2-5%.

Take Advantage of the Benefits of Power Washing Today

When you’re ready to act on the benefits power washing brings to your home and life, our team at Westlake H&CS is here to help. Power washing can be risky to yourself and your property if not done correctly. Let the professionals at Westlake Home and Commercial Services in Austin make your house look new.

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