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Costly Misconceptions

6 Costly Misconceptions About Power Washing

Misconception #1: It’s Simple Enough That We Can Do It By Ourselves. This may be true to some degree, but you can easily harm yourself or damage your home if you're not careful. It isn't recommended to power wash from a ladder, it's extremely dangerous and should only be done by a professional. Cleaning your vinyl siding from the ground at a harsh angle can force water behind the siding resulting in water damage.

Getting up higher and away from the siding allows you to wash at a flatter angle. This crucial method can only be done with the right equipment. Also note that even a small consumer grade power washer can apply too much pressure to wash vinyl, shingles, and wood resulting in damage. Using the right equipment will allow the correct pressure in each situation.

Misconception #2: High Pressure Is The Key. This is not true at all. Only contractors using mediocre cleaners, or no cleaner at all, have to depend on excessive pressure. High pressure can do expensive damage to your property. Too much pressure forces water behind your home's siding potentially causing mold and mildew issues.

Wood is softer than most people realize, using too much pressure can splinter wood and leave unsightly marks that may show through the sealer. Too much pressure on roofing shingles is a giant mistake. Shingles have small pieces of grit on them called granules. High pressure can blow these granules off the shingles, reducing the longevity of the roof. Be sure the proper chemicals and water pressure are being used.

Misconception #3: The Chemicals Will Damage Your Plants or Harm Your Pets. Professional contractors will only use environmentally safe cleaners that will not jeopardize your pet's health. Plants are sensitive and need to be protected. If a chemical is left to dry on a plant it could cause wilting. Covering plants with plastic is one option, but that can also be risky to plants on a hot day. A better choice is to wet the landscaping with water before, during, and after the cleaning procedure. Rinsing the landscape in this manner greatly diminishes the risk of harming plants and shrubbery.

Misconception #4: Your Roof Has Black Streaks on It and Needs Replaced. Not necessarily. Unattractive black streaks on asphalt shingles is caused by airborne algae. This type of algae flourishes in humid climates and normally first appears on the North facing slopes of the roof. The algae feed on crushed limestone that is present in asphalt shingles. Rain eventually spreads the algae down the roof, causing the black streaks.

As the algae breaks down the shingles, the granules loosen and begin to fall off. This lessens the roof’s capability to reflect heat and rapidly increases deterioration. When left untreated, the algae will diminish the life expectancy of your roof, decrease your home’s curb appeal, and increase your home cooling cost.

Roof algae can be killed and removed to bring back your roof's appearance. The right cleaners and low pressure is a must, so that harm is not done to the roof.

Misconception #5: You Should Hire the Company With the Lowest Price. This could be true but not always. Here are some points to think about:

  • The price you see advertised may not be the price you end up paying. Many homeowners have found out the low price they saw advertised only lasted until the estimate. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a range of add-ons.
  • A few contractors' market strategy is to land work by being the low bid every time. The contractor will then take shortcuts to turn a profit.
  • Because of low start up costs, many companies come and go. Some newer companies do not educate themselves, because pressure washing appears easy and profitable. They lack the correct equipment, chemicals, insurance, methods, and professionalism. Normally they will charge an extremely low price.

Misconception #6: A Company Should be Able to Give an Estimate Over the Phone. It would be nice if this was true but it isn't. Reputable power washing companies almost never give a final estimate over the phone unless it's a ballpark figure or a minimum price. Most companies charge by the square foot or linear foot. But there are many variables that can change that price from one home to another.

Different types of terrain or landscaping can affect the price. What type of wood is your deck? Has it ever been sealed? Is water accessible at the job site? Maybe your house is not extremely dirty and could be done for less than a dirty house the same size. The good news is, once a contractor looks at your property, you know that is the price you will pay with no overages added later.

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