Pressure washers are increasingly becoming popular tools for homeowners. Stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry a wide range of sizes for professionals and homeowners alike. Almost all available models come with various tips that attach to the spray wand, and modulate the jet of high-pressure water, making it stronger or less impactful. When a pressure washer is used on a surface, the jet of water cleans the dirt by agitation.
Why hire a professional pressure washing crew
The process of pressure washing a wood deck is considerably easier to clean than the alternative of scrubbing them by hand with a hard bristle brush. Care should be taken not to ruin the surface of the wood. An all too common mistake for the average pressure washer user is to gouge the wood. In the hands of a novice, more harm than good can be done.
Undesirable consequences can result from inappropriately using a pressure washers, using the wrong nozzle type, applying too much pressure, or holding the spray wand too closely to the wood surface. So unless you are very experienced in maneuvering a spray wand and a high PSI pressure washer, it’s best to leave the task to professional pressure washing companies like Barcroft Power Washing.
Causes of wood deck deterioration
Mold feeds on dirt and debris specifically in highly shaded and moist neighborhoods like Lake Barcroft, so an annual cleaning of your wood deck will help prevent mold accumulation. Drainage from gutters and flower pots, especially, make it thrive.
Given the fact that the deck is fully exposed to the elements, it’s subjected to various risks. Sunlight can wear off the surface fibers, while rain and snow can infiltrate through the surface, swelling or warping the wood. All these weaken the wood structure. Pressure washing can remedy the surface damage caused by the elements to your wood deck.
Pressure washing is a tested way of maintaining your deck and an effective method to protect your investment. Take advantage of fine weather and inspect your deck closely. If the underside is accessible, inspect all joists, posts, and beams for damage. Have the deck pressure-washed professionally every year to enhance its durability.
At Barcroft Power Washing, we also suggest sealing or re-stainning your deck after each annual cleaning. This will help ensure the strength and integrity of your deck for years to come. At the time of your estimate, please inquire about these additional service that we offer.