How Residential Pressure Washing Can Prepare Your Home for the Fall
When the seasons change, your home’s exterior must be prepared to withstand the various threats that come with the territory. In the winter your home faces snow and cold temperatures, in the spring it must handle rainfall, pests, and pollen, and in the summer it contends with harsh sunlight, extreme heat, and more. With autumn just around the corner, you might wonder what you can do to shield your home from the season’s offerings, such as falling leaves, storms, and temperature fluctuations. Though not the only task to consider tackling over the next few weeks, pressure washing serves an important role in maintaining your home and preparing it for fall weather.
Here’s how residential pressure washing can get your home ready for fall.
Give Your Siding a Fresh Start for Fall
Most home exteriors are like magnets for dirt, dust, and other debris during summer. The heat and humidity during these months can make siding, decking, and fencing sticky, attracting all sorts of grime. Not only is this gunk unsightly -- it can also contribute to mold growth, rot, and other forms of deterioration if left to linger too long. And once fall has entered full force and things get chilly outside, you probably won’t feel motivated to get out there with your pressure washer and blast it all away. As such, it’s wise to consider cleaning your home this way during the end of summer or early days of fall. Doing so will both protect your outdoor features from further damage during fall and give your home a nice facelift to honor one of the most beautiful seasons.
Reveal Potential Problems Early On
Pressure washing your home is also a great way to uncover burgeoning issues you might not otherwise notice. Simply put, cleaning your exterior surfaces gives you a clearer look at their integrity (or lack thereof). For instance, after washing your siding, you might come across cracks, holes, or dark spots that were previously concealed by dirt and grime. Now that the surface is clean, you can get to the root of the problem and repair it while the outdoor air is still pleasant enough to do so. Once again, the sooner you make minor repairs and touch-ups, the less you’ll have to worry about them evolving into bigger problems down the road.
Clear Your Gutters from Summer Gunk
Gutters most commonly get clogged during fall thanks to the onslaught of falling leaves. However, your gutters and downspouts can accumulate plenty of gunk during the summer months as well, such as nests, pinecones, leaves, bird droppings, etc. If this is the case for your property, it’s a good idea to pressure wash your gutters before fall arrives to ensure that they don’t become even more congested as the season goes on. By clearing your gutters at this juncture, you’ll allow your home some leeway -- some amount of leaves are bound to nestle in your gutters, but if your gutters are clean and clear, you’ll have more time and flexibility to regularly remove said leaves all autumn long. With the right attachments, pressure washing provides an efficient way to eliminate any and all debris taking shelter in your gutters and downspouts.
Rinse the Roof
Your roof can accumulate plenty of dirt and debris over the summer as well. In fact, one of the reasons your gutters may become clogged is due to debris from your roof sliding down and ending up in your gutters. If you want to keep your gutters relatively clear, then it only makes sense to wash your roof, too (usually before you tackle the gutters, actually). As mentioned before, pressure washing your roof will also improve its appearance and reveal any potential problems worth addressing before fall and winter, such as leaks, damaged caulking, and more. To save time and money, you can perform a roof inspection and cleaning in one fell swoop.
Blast Away Debris from Your Deck
So far we’ve only gone over the importance of pressure washing the main portions of your home’s exterior to prepare it for fall: siding, gutters, and roof. However, if your home features additional outdoor features like a deck or patio, they’re worth cleaning via pressure washing as well. Indeed, cleaning and fixing up your deck before fall is key to protecting it from fall and winter conditions in the near future. Moreover, pressure washing is an important preparatory step if you plan on applying fresh deck stain or paint this season. Pressure washing provides an efficient way of removing debris from your deck as well as stripping away any old, loose stain or paint that needs to be replaced; if it’s time to restain your deck, you want to make sure that all previous coatings have been removed and that the underlying surface is clean and otherwise in good shape. Taking the time to prepare your deck and give it fresh coatings will seal its surfaces from moisture, rot, pests, temperature fluctuations, and other threats commonly found in fall.
Get Your Exterior Ready for a Fresh Coat of Paint
Just as cleaning your deck is a prerequisite for staining it, cleaning your home’s siding is essential before repainting it. Late summer/early fall is a great time for residential exterior painting, too. This time of year still features long days and temperate conditions, plus many painting companies have increased availability after a non-stop summer of painting projects. If you’re preparing to paint your home exterior in the coming weeks or months, then it only makes sense to pressure wash your home shortly beforehand. Fortunately, many painting companies also offer pressure washing services (the two projects go hand in hand, after all). If you’d rather work with a single company to tackle every aspect of surface preparation and exterior painting, then it’s worth searching for one that delivers both, like Nash Painting.
Fortify Your Home for Fall
If you’re looking for ways to guard your home from autumn and the not-so-distant winter, pressure washing must be included on your end-of-summer to-do list. Even if you don’t plan on painting your entire home at this juncture, Nash Painting can help with pressure washing, repairs, touch-ups, and more. We’ve already protected and improved countless homes and businesses throughout Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!