Our deck pro experts use the most effective and efficient methods to pressure wash your deck
Are you thinking about restoring your deck so it will look showroom new once again? Do you think that your deck should be power, or pressure washed? If so, should you attempt the project yourself or hire a professional? The right answer is to hire a experienced professional of course. There is more to power washing than meets the eye like spray materials, pressure variables and personal safety.
If you were to tackle this home improvement project on your own you would have to complete a series of steps before you could even begin to restore the deck. A deck that has not been maintained for a number of years may have mold, mildew, dirt and stains embedded in the wood. These may be things that you did not even know were there until you took a closer look.
You will also need to make sure that you choose products that will not yellow or bleach your deck. This may be uncharted territory for you, but a professional deck cleaning technician would know the best way to handle the situation. Find out today what we can do for you, call us at 402-590-9141 for a free estimate.
Why Power Wash or Pressure Wash your Deck?
When you build a deck, you consider it another room of your house, and in warmer months, it often gets even more use than your interiors. Season after season, it gets its fair share of foot traffic, spilled barbecue sauce and sidewalk chalk, not to mention the many summers and winters it must withstand weather extremes. It’s no wonder that homeowners have to turn to power washing and staining to keep it looking its best. If you’re considering a thorough power or pressure washing for your deck, it’s important to understand how to wash your deck properly without damaging the wood. With too much water pressure, you could be left with a splintered mess of a deck; too little, and you won’t remove all of the mildew, dirt and grime that’s making your deck look worn.
Why Clean the Deck?
Cleaning your deck is the precursor to staining it, which seals the wood and protects it from moisture and wear. You should stain your deck every two to three years to maintain its aesthetic appeal and to prevent mold from settling into the wood. Before you apply a stain, however, you need a professional power washing to create a clean working surface. Consider hiring a professional for the job — someone who knows how much water pressure is needed for your deck.
Power Washing Versus Pressure Washing
You’ll hear the terms “power washing” and “pressure washing” used interchangeably, and they have many similarities, but there are distinct differences to know. The primary distinction is that power washing uses hot water, while pressure washers typically do not feature a heating unit to control the water temperature. For purposes of your deck, power washing is often the preferred choice because the hot water more effectively removes deep-set dirt and gray oxidation, excess debris (such as that stubborn piece of chewing gum), weeds and moss, and mold and mildew. Whereas pressure washing might work fine for brick or concrete, power washing will more effectively tackle the heavy-duty grime on your deck prior to staining.