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5 Advantages of Professional Deck Power Washing

Posted: 06/8/17 10:54 PM - Category: Power Washing

A deck can be great for making the outdoor space on your property more functional. People use them to cook outdoors, spend time with the family, and they are just good for relaxing on a nice day. Unfortunately, the outdoor environment will take its toll on your deck as time passes, and an important part of maintaining your deck is keeping it clean.

As the weather gets nicer, you might start to think about cleaning your deck to get it ready for summer. For most homes, the best way to get a deck as clean as it can be is to use a pressure washer. Many homeowners view this as a job that they can do on their own, but there are some significant advantages to hiring professionals to power wash your deck.

1. Better Results

If you are planning to clean your deck, you want to get the best results possible. While you might be able to do a relatively good job on your own, chances are that a professional will be able to provide better results. These professionals work with this equipment much more frequently, so it only stands to reason that they would be better at using it.

Along with having more experience at using a pressure washer, a professional is probably going to have better equipment than you will have access to. You certainly could rent a pressure washer from your local hardware store, but the rentals are usually not on par with the equipment a professional would use, and a professional is likely to have more attachments.

The experience also helps a professional power washer to understand the best ways to clean different surfaces. They have different attachments and techniques that they can use to ensure the best results, and they might have different methods that can help them to remove different types of grime.

2. It’s Less Work for You

Cleaning your own deck can be a real chore. You could choose to scrub the deck by hand, which is not only time-consuming, but it also involves backbreaking labour. You also have the option of renting a pressure washer, but as we mentioned above, the rental equipment isn’t always the best, and it can be difficult for a homeowner to figure out exactly how they are supposed to use the machine.

Even if you know how to use a pressure washer, it is hard work and it does take some time. By hiring professionals, you are not only ensuring that you get the best results possible, but you are relieving yourself of this hard work. You just schedule an appointment, and then let the professionals do what they do best.

Along with relieving yourself of the work, it also saves you in a number of other ways. Along with having to spend the time working with the machine and cleaning your deck, you also have to make sure that you care for the machine, and you have to spend time picking it up and returning it to the hardware store. With professional power washing service, they come to you, and you don’t need to worry about all of that hassle.

3. Prevent Damage

A pressure washer is a powerful machine, and the water comes out under extreme pressure. While this pressure is what makes it possible for these machines to remove heavy soiling to get your deck as clean as it can be, when used without the proper care, it can cause damage. Professionals are familiar with the power of the water coming out of the machine, and they know how to prevent the different types of damage that might occur.

As a person that has limited to no experience using a pressure washer, there is a good possibility that you could damage your deck. If you choose to hire a professional, you are getting a person that knows which attachments to use for the job, and they understand various techniques that can ensure proper cleaning, while also preventing damage to the surface that is being cleaned.

4. Personal Safety

One of the most important points that many people overlook when they consider DIY power washing is safety. Sure, you might read the instructions and follow the safety recommendations, but these machines can be very dangerous. All it takes is a split second of inattention, and a pressure washer could cause some very serious injuries.

Pressure washers come with a variety of different nozzles that control the power of the spray. On some of the most powerful settings, the water could be coming out at around 4,000 psi, but even with the least powerful of the nozzles, the potential for injury is there. The force of the water can easily cause lacerations when it comes in contact with the skin, it can go right through clothes and shoes, and there is the potential for eye injuries, bruises and deep tissue injuries.

Professionals have the skills, training and safety equipment that can help them to avoid the potential injuries. Rather than taking the risk, hiring a professional is just a good safety measure.

5. Professionals Have Insurance

We understand the desire to your own work around the home. It can save you a little money, and it feels good to maintain your own property. That said, power washing your own deck could end up costing you if something goes wrong.

As I mentioned above, a pressure washer is a powerful device, and it has the potential to cause damage to your deck if it is used incorrectly. Along with helping to prevent this possibility, professional power washing ensures that the cost is covered if something does get damaged. Your homeowners insurance may not cover damage that you cause when you power wash your deck, but a professional power washer will have liability insurance. If damage does occur, you don’t have to worry about the costly repairs when you hire a professional.

Save yourself all of the trouble that can come with trying to power wash your own deck. The team from NICK’S Window Cleaning is fully trained for pressure washing, and we have been serving the Greater Toronto Area for years.