Where You Should Pressure Wash

Where You Should Pressure Wash

Any property, commercial or residential, needs regular maintenance in order to maintain the value and keep everything in good working order.  One of the ways to do that is with seasonal power washing.  If you have never even thought about washing the exterior of your home, you should know that power washing can help you get rid of mold, mildew, fungus, pests and of course dirt and debris.

Where You Should Pressure Wash

While you can pressure wash the entire exterior of your home there are some areas that you should pay special attention to. Let’s look at how annual pressure washing can help with the maintenance of your home.

Your Home’s Exterior

Compared to other exterior surfaces dirt really stands out on vinyl siding making your home look like it is unkempt.  Vinyl is also extremely common in residential homes, if they aren’t regularly power washed then they start to look old and rundown.  It isn’t just your homes appearance that you have to worry about but it can contribute to an unhealthy environment.

Make no mistake, brick homes also collect dirt but because it their darker color and textured surface they don’t show it as much as vinyl does.  That doesn’t mean you don’t need to pressure wash brick and stone regularly, not cleaning your bricks can mean they degrade over time.  You want to protect your property, so routine pressure washing along with some protective applications can have your home lasting for decades.

Your Roof

The roof of your home along with the gutters should all be power washed on an annual basis.  Your gutters get clogged up with leaves, branches and other debris and if it isn’t washed away you can end up with leaks, pests and flooding around your home because water isn’t draining off properly.  You can climb up a ladder and clear it all out by hand, but that will take all day or you can pressure wash and have the job done in 20 minutes.

Pressure washing your roof can help get rid of all of the dirt and debris but you also run the risk of doing damage to your shingles.  Don’t take on this job yourself rather work with a pressure washing company that knows how to do it properly.  If one or two of your shingles do get damaged it isn’t the end of the world, in all likelihood they need to be replaced anyway.  It is fairly inexpensive to replace a handful of shingles.

Driveways and Decks

Your driveway and patio areas are another spot that should be pressure washed regularly, they get every bit as dirty as your siding.  If you have a paved drive then pressure washing can remove oil stains and the like that will break down the asphalt over time.  Every year or every other year you can pressure wash your driveway and seal it to keep it looking new.

If you have a wooden deck in the backyard then that too should be pressure washed.  Decks need to be cleaned and sealed every year or so, pressure washing gets rid of the dirt, old stain and debris.  Then you can reseal them so they last for years.

Replacing Your Weather Stripping

Replacing Your Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is placed around windows and doors to help keep warm air in winter from leaking out of your home.  With properly applied weather stripping you can keep your home warm at the same time lowering your energy bills. As weather stripping gets old it gets brittle and stops being effective.  As a part of regular home maintenance you need to keep an eye out for worn out weather stripping and replace it.

Worn Weather Stripping

Weather stripping will start to breakdown because of age and continued exposure to the elements.  You should inspect  your weather stripping at least a year, typically in the fall before the weather starts to get cold.  Vinyl weather stripping starts to get dry and brittle and you will see it start to crack, it will also start to shrink and lose its shape

Removing Your Old Weather Stripping

If the old weather stripping was the simple peel and stick kind then it is fairly easy to just pull off from around your windows by hand, it will take you less than a minute.  If you have the other kind that is held in place with screws or nails then it is going to be a much longer process, you will have to remove all of the older nails and screws by hand.

Choosing a New Weather Stripping

If you head to your local hardware store looking for weather stripping there are dozens of options at your fingertips and they can vary a great deal in price. Let’s look at your options:

  • Adhesive Foam Tape: This is cheap and easy to install and it’s best to put it at the bottom of a window or where the door closes at the frame.  You need compression for this type of adhesive to seal.  It does have a fairly short shelf life and will only last roughly three years.
  • Peel & Stick Vinyl: This is another cheap and easy solution as with anything this inexpensive you will have to replace it after a couple of years.
  • V-Shaped Weather Stripping: This works best on the side channels of your windows or with a door, it opens to plug the gaps in any leaky windows and doors.  It is slightly more expensive but it will last longer.

Getting the Surfaces Ready

Before you install the new weather stripping you need to get rid of the old stuff, clean and dry the area where the new weather stripping is going in.  You made need some rubbing alcohol or adhesive remover to get rid of the old tape.

Installing the New Weather Stripping

If you are using the peel and stick type of weather stripping then you will need to install it on a warm day, when the temperatures are below 50F it won’t adhere to the surface properly.  Start small and make sure you can close the windows and door easily.  For the peel and stick you simply take off the back and push it into place.  If you are using the V-shaped weather stripping you want the opening facing out.  Weather stripping can help to keep your utility bills under control, keeping the warm air in your home where it belongs.

 

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