With the New Year upon us, many people are thinking about ways to spruce up their homes and start the year with a bright, clean living space. Pressure washing is a great way to clean up the exterior of a home and can go a long way toward making the whole place sparkle and shine. When it comes to this home maintenance task, however, there are misconceptions that can leave homeowners in worse shape than where they started. Understanding the nature of pressure washing is important in order to make an informed decision about whether to try a do-it-yourself approach.
Misconception # 1: Pressure Washing is Simple and Easy
After all, pressure washing is just spraying water on things, right? Not so fast. There is a reason the word “pressure” is used. The water that is being sprayed is pressurized. However, the degree of pressure being used is critical to a good outcome. Certain surfaces require different levels of pressure, as well as different techniques. Choosing the wrong setting or spraying the wrong way can cause permanent damage to your home’s siding or finishes.
Misconception # 2: Pressure Washing is Safe and Easy
Here again, consider the way that pressure washing takes place. Getting to all of the surfaces of a home’s siding usually requires the use of one or more ladders. Handling the pressure washing equipment while balancing on a ladder is no easy task. It should also be noted that highly pressurized water can cause severe damage if misdirected onto the person doing the washing, or anyone else, for that matter. There are different levels of risk for various jobs. A handy homeowner is likely to do an excellent job pressure washing the driveway once a year or so. Roof cleaning or deck cleaning/sealing, however, are other matters entirely.
Misconception # 3: Choose the Contractor with the Lowest Estimate
Many people think that pressure washing services are one-size-fits-all and that there is little difference between one company and the next, In reality, however, there are some benefits to choosing a company that has the skills, equipment and experience needed to get the job done right the first time. As with so many things, you often get what you pay for, and having to hire another company to come out and correct the work of a contractor who gave a low estimate and then gave a low level of service will only make the entire experience more expensive in the long run.
At Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning, we have a team of dedicated professionals who are ready and willing to help you get your home as clean and bright as possible. We place customer service at the forefront of our business model and strive to make every customer not only a repeat client but also a source of trusted referrals. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about our services, and to request a professional estimate for your next pressure washing project.