Why Pressure Washing Your Home is a Good Investment
Purchasing a home is a major decision for most people. In addition to making the down payment, moving in, and dealing with mortgage payments and property taxes, the onus is on you to take care of the property itself. Home maintenance is no small task, but the more effort you put into it, the more you’ll benefit in the long run. Regularly cleaning your home’s exterior is one of these key home maintenance duties, and there are different ways to go about it -- pressure washing your home is arguably the best. Let’s discuss why residential pressure washing is a good investment.
Why You Should Pressure Wash Your Home
Pressure Washing is Part of Preventative Maintenance
Whether you’re facing leaky pipes, roof damage, structural issues, or worn down siding, you’re in charge of resolving the issue. Of course, most major issues don’t occur overnight but are rather the result of gradual deterioration due to neglect. In other words, ignoring minor issues will eventually lead to severe problems that require immediate attention and, in most cases, costly repairs or replacement jobs. Avoiding these outcomes is a matter of routinely inspecting and maintaining all aspects of your home. This process is known as preventative maintenance, and pressure washing plays a key role in these efforts.
The primary purpose of pressure washing is to thoroughly clean targeted surfaces. By removing dirt, dust, and debris this way, you protect your surfaces from deterioration -- letting your home stew in filth is an invitation for bacteria, mold, mildew, and more. Pressure washing blasts away these harmful substances, preventing them from doing further damage and/or entering your home. Additionally, keeping your home clean gives you a better visual of your home’s current condition. Filthy surfaces conceal cracks, dents, and other issues that require attention. So, pressure washing your home once or twice a year cues you into minor problems that you can fix before they become major headaches.
Increasing Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Your home is a significant investment. If you want to see a return on that investment at some point in the future, you need to focus on increasing (or at least maintaining) its value. A home’s curb appeal (how attractive it is from an outsider’s perspective) is a major factor in the market value equation. There are many ways to boost your property’s curb appeal, but if your house exterior isn’t sparkling clean, these efforts won’t make much of a difference. In other words, pressure washing your home is a key method for enhancing its outward appearance and therefore its value.
Of course, if you’ve just recently purchased your home, you might not be thinking too much about its market value, as you won’t be selling any time soon. Still, if you wish to take pride in your home’s outward appearance, keeping it clean is essential, and pressure washing is a powerful way to do just that.
Preparing Your Surfaces for Sealing and Painting
So far we’ve discussed the importance of maintaining your home’s integrity and beauty. Painting your home’s exterior every decade or so accomplishes both of these undertakings, protecting your home’s surfaces while enriching its appearance. But before you paint your home’s exterior, you need to ensure that its surfaces are properly prepared for new coatings. At the bare minimum, your home’s facade must be clean so the ensuing paint properly adheres and bonds -- this is where pressure washing comes into play. Indeed, pressure washing is a crucial step in the preparation process for exterior home painting. Skipping this task can lead to poor paint adhesion, meaning your paint might begin to peel away from your surfaces long before they normally would. If you want a great-looking, long-lasting exterior paint job, pressure washing your home beforehand is a necessary step.
Pressure Washing Saves Time and Energy
Whether you’re cleaning your home as a matter of preventative maintenance, paint preparation, or both, you most likely don’t want to spend an inordinate amount of time doing so. Using a pressure washer to clean your home is a great way to save time and energy while achieving the best results. Depending on the size of your home, pressure washing its exterior surfaces can take anywhere between 30 minutes and a couple of hours. On the other hand, manually scrubbing your exterior surfaces can take you an entire day or weekend and expend all of your energy to boot. It’s clear which cleaning option wins in this respect.
Pressure Washing Caveats
At this point there’s no denying that pressure washing your home is a good investment. That said, improperly utilizing a pressure washer can actually set you back, damaging your surfaces and potentially putting people in harm’s way (including yourself). There are many variables to consider when it comes to pressure washing, such as the type of detergent you use, the nozzles you select, the power and heat levels you deploy, the distance you stand from a given surface, the angle at which you direct the stream, and more. Making a miscalculation in any of these regards can wind up costing you, rendering what would normally be a good investment into a major liability. If you want to get the best results from pressure washing your home, you must either do your homework, have previous experience and knowledge, or simply hire professional pressure washing services.
Much is required of you to take proper care of your home. Even if you do your best to maintain your property, things can still go wrong. Regardless, your home is your biggest investment, and it should be treated as such. In addition to inspecting your home regularly, making minor repairs, and repainting when necessary, properly pressure washing your home will help ensure your property remains in good shape overall. Ultimately, pressure washing protects your home from harm, enhances its appearance and market value, prepares it for painting, and all the while saves you time and energy.
So, are you feeling the pressure to pressure wash your home? If so, know that the pros at Nash Painting provide pressure washing services for properties in and near Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin TN. And should you need additional home renovation assistance such as surface prep painting, door refinishing, and more, we can help with those things as well. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!