There is a lot that goes into maintaining a home. Most of the time when people think of home maintenance tasks, they think about cleaning the interior and fixing problems as they show up. What you may not think about as often is keeping the exterior of your property clean. Cleaning your home’s exterior keeps it looking nice and in good condition. That can be quite the undertaking, but a lot of it can be power washed to make the job easier.

The Driveway

Your driveway sees a lot of traffic, both foot traffic and vehicle traffic. Dirt, oil, and various types of debris find themselves ground into your driveway, causing it to become discolored and promoting the growth of weeds in the cracks. Power washing your driveway is a great way to get rid of such contaminants. This helps improve your home’s curb appeal, which can boost your home’s value. Start by clearing away surface-level debris with a push broom. Use the power washer to clean the driveway with a detergent and then rinse it. For best results, make sure that the detergent you use is appropriate for the materials in your driveway. Seal concrete driveways after washing them. Incidentally, the same concepts apply to concrete walkways and sidewalks as well.

Your Siding

Power washing can be an effective way to keep your siding clean as well. Over time, the dirt, grime, and moisture your siding is exposed to can cause your exterior walls to become discolored, grow mold and mildew, and become weakened. This can increase your risk of suffering from a pest invasion, not to mention the way a dirty exterior makes a home look more dilapidated. There are a variety of different siding materials, so again, make sure you’re using a detergent that works well for the material you’re cleaning. For best results, work top to bottom so you don’t end up having to wash the same area repeatedly because you’re pushing dirty water onto a place you’ve already cleaned. Avoid spraying onto framed areas, since that can be an easy way to let water into your home. You can tackle this power washing task yourself, if you’re confident in your spraying technique. Otherwise, it may be best to leave this project to professionals to avoid inadvertently damaging your siding.

Your Deck

Decks are a great way to boost your home’s value. Of course, if you want your deck to add value and continue to be a feature you enjoy for years, you need to maintain it properly. Keeping it clean is an important part of deck maintenance. A deck can be a great place to relax, but it can be hard to relax if you’re too distracted by how dirty it is. Power washing can be a great way to preserve your deck’s appearance and keep it clean. It’s usually a good idea to power wash a deck when preparing to stain it. Keep in mind that softer woods can be damaged by incorrect techniques, so you may find it best to leave this project to professionals as well.

Your Windows

Odds are that at some point you’ve found yourself scrubbing and scrubbing at your windows to get rid of a stubborn streak only to find that it’s not inside your house, but outside. Washing the exterior portion of windows can feel like an exercise in futility—the grime never seems to completely go away. Power washing can take care of that problem. It easily removes dirt, grime, and algae. After power washing, the window can much more easily be cleaned by hand to give it the right clarity and cleanliness. Extra care should be taken when power washing windows. This is a spot that can easily allow water into your home, so precision is key. It’s also important to keep in mind that you’re working with glass, and not doing it correctly can cause the window to shatter. This project is best left to those with experience who know how to do it without breaking the window.

The Roof (Sometimes)

You probably think about cleaning your roof less than virtually any other part of your home’s exterior. There’s an out of sight, out of mind mentality that can be tough to shake. It is important to make sure your roof is cleaned periodically though. Allowing dirt and grime to build up on your roof damages it and can cause it to become discolored. Power washing can be an effective way to manage this, but whether or not you should depends heavily on the material it’s made from. Metal roofs can be a good candidate for power washing. They tend to be one of the sturdiest roofing options and can usually hold up well enough to a power wash. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are less so. Power washing can erode the shingle, causing it to become brittle and damaged. Depending on the material and age of the roof, a low pressure wash system or soft washing can help clean your roof and preserve its appearance without damaging it.

Property Fences

Wooden fences are often used to denote property lines. Like wooden decks, they can be susceptible to damage from water, dirt, and bird excrement. Power washing can help preserve their appearance and extend their life. It’s a good idea to power wash your fence before applying wood stain. This helps the new stain penetrate the wood instead of sitting on the surface of any existing dirt and treatments.

Power washing parts of your property is a relatively easy way to get them clean and help them stay looking nice. Keep in mind that not all parts of your property should be cleaned by power washing, so it’s important to take the material and its condition into consideration before reaching for the power washer. For those that this method does work for though, the time and effort you save by not having to do it by hand can make power washing a very attractive option for keeping your property clean. Remember, if you aren’t confident in your own ability to properly power wash your property, leave the project to the professionals.

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