Pressure washing is often viewed as an extravagant service performed only to enhance the appearance of a building or surface. In reality, there are many structural and health benefits to this type of cleaning.
Exterior surfaces are constantly exposed to the elements and pollutants. Every day, exterior structures and surfaces can see wind, rain, smog, pollen and more. Pressure washing is an effective way to combat these conditions.
So how can regular pressure washing help?
Prevents Structural Damage
Algae, mold and dirt is not only ugly, it can actually cause structural damage to buildings and surfaces as well. Substances like bird droppings are acidic and may eat away paint, brick and other materials. A regular pressure washing can eliminate these threats and prolong the life of surfaces.
Promotes Good Health
Removing potentially harmful substances from surfaces we encounter daily makes for a healthy environment. Pollen, mildew, bird droppings and other pollutants may have negative health consequences such as allergies and disease. A good cleaning can help remove and prevent these health threats.
Surfaces like driveways and walkways can become coated with oil, grease, mold and other slippery substances. It is important to clean these surfaces to help prevent slip and fall injuries.
Preventative maintenance can actually save money in the long run. Damage caused to roofs, gutters and paint by substances which stick to and deteriorate surfaces will likely be more expensive to repair than to prevent. Additionally, the curb appeal that comes with pressure washing may also increase the value of your property.
How often should I schedule a pressure washing service?
This depends on the type of surface. For siding and driveways, it is recommended you wash these surfaces at least once annually. For a metal roof, you may be able to get away with waiting 2-3 years between cleanings.