Weather, especially winter weather, can take a real toll on your patio deck. The combination of ice, snow, rain and changing temperatures can take away some of its original lusters. This may have you wondering, “Should I pressure wash my deck?”. “Will pressure washing restore its original look?” Maintaining your patio deck to keep it looking good may seem like a relatively simple task, but there is a little more to it than you might think. Knowing how to properly clean your deck will not only improve the overall appearance, it will also help it last longer too! This means you can get more hours of enjoyment out of it.

The Proper Way to Pressure Wash a Deck

One of the best ways to clean your deck and restore its original beauty is by pressure washing. Although using a power washer is not complicated, using one effectively to clean your deck does require some skill and safety precautions.

Getting Started

Depending on the type of machine you are using (gas or electric) make sure both the water supply and electricity (if electric), are securely fastened. It’s also important to make sure you have water flowing to the machine before you start it up.

Applying Pressure

Some pressure washers can produce up to 4,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI). Although highly effective for cleaning concrete, applying this much pressure to your deck can cause irreversible damage. To clean a deck effectively, about 1,500 pounds of pressure will do the job nicely, without causing permanent damage.

Safety Measures

It’s also important to maintain a certain distance from the surface you’re cleaning. Too close and you could etch into your deck, not close enough will result in a less than a thorough cleaning. Depending on the amount of pressure (PSI) being applied, most manufacturers recommend a distance of about 3-6 inches away from the surface you are washing. When it comes to your personal safety, protective eyewear is a must. Regardless of how careful you are, using highly pressurized water to clean a surface can result in blowback as dirt and debris are loosened by the force of the water. It’s also best to wear some type of waterproof, non-slip footwear. This will not only protect your feet, it should also help minimize the risk of slipping on the wet surface as you clean.

Should I Pressure Wash My Deck Before Staining?

Yes, pressure washing your deck before applying a new stain is a good idea. This will provide a much cleaner surface to work with, which should prolong the life of the stain. Clearing away the old finish, grime, mold, mildew, and other impurities in the wood—as well as the graying layer of the wood that was exposed to the sun—will allow the stain to absorb evenly into the wood. After you power wash, allow the wood to dry for at least 48 hours before you begin applying the new stain. This will allow the wood to dry completely and ensure the water doesn’t affect the even application of your stain. If your deck or porch doesn’t get much sun, you may want to extend the drying time by an extra day.

Should I Pressure Wash My Deck in the First Place?

Pressure washing your deck on a regular basis can improve the overall appearance. Over time, exposure to the sun grays the wood on your deck and an occasional power wash can brighten the boards back up, as well as clean off any accumulated grime, mold, or mildew. Because pressurized cleaning can effectively remove the mold before it sets into the wood, it also protects your boards from needing to be replaced as often. Cleaning once or twice a year can keep your deck in prime condition. Pressure washing also increases the longevity of your deck stain and protects the wood from mold. More than brightening the look of your deck or porch, regular maintenance can reduce the need for replacing boards and allow you to enjoy your space longer with fewer repairs. As mentioned, using a pressure washer is not complicated, but it is a powerful piece of equipment that requires some expertise to use effectively and safely

Schedule Regular Cleaning

Your patio deck is just one area of your home that can benefit from a regular pressure washing schedule. Other areas like your roof and walkways can also benefit from regular cleaning. If you find it hard to maintain in all or would prefer to have a professional do the job, your local Window Genie can help. We have over 20 years of experience helping homeowners keep their decks and other areas of their homes looking good. To set up an appointment, call 877 243-8624 today or request a quote online.
During a walk around the neighborhood, you may have noticed one or more neighbors pressure washing the siding on their homes, and wondered if the same cleaning method could be used on your roof. Unfortunately, the short answer is no. Pressure washing may seem like the quick solution to a dirty roof, but it can damage both your roof and your gutters. That’s why it’s important to use a professional soft wash service to clean your roof. Washing your roof using the correct method will help you avoid problems like damaged gutters later on.  

Structural Damage  

High-pressure washing can result in structural damage to both your roof and your gutters. Too much water pressure can loosen the granules on your shingles, which then flow into your gutters and cause damage by creating extra weight and blockages. You might even cause damage by creating loose shingles that get trapped in the gutters. Pressure washing can also damage your gutters by loosening or breaking the anchors that secure them to the house. If done incorrectly, pressure washing can quickly turn your minor roof scrub-up project into an expensive mess. You could end up with a dirty roof, damaged gutters, and a hefty bill from the contractor you had to hire to fix the structural damage. Definitely not the outcome you wanted!  Related Topic: Why You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof  

Paint Removal  

Applying pressurized water to your roof might remove the dirt, but it can also remove paint from your gutters. In fact, pressure washing is one of the methods professional painters use to remove paint from wood, metal, concrete, and other exterior surfaces. Even if your exterior paint is new, a high-pressure wash could easily strip it away, leaving bare spots on your gutters and possibly even along your eaves. In fact, if you accidentally send high-pressure water blasting through your eaves, you might leave your attic a sopping wet mess 

Incorrect Ladder Placement  

When it comes to climbing up onto your roof—whether you are experienced or inexperienced—using a ladder can be dangerous. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. caused by falls from ladders. Even if it wasn’t so dangerous, incorrect ladder placement can still damage your gutters because they’re not built to support any additional weight. In addition, you might think your ladder is steady but the force of the high-pressure water can throw you off balance—possibly damaging you and your gutters at the same time.  Use Our Soft Wash Process  Having a clean roof can make the rest of your home look even better, but it’s important to make sure it’s done the right way. After you weigh the risk and potential damage that could be caused by cleaning it yourself, hiring Window Genie to clean your roof and gutters is the way to go—best for both your wallet and your safety. Not only do we know the safest way to access your roof and gutters, but we have the tools to clean them without causing any damage. We’ll save you time, effort, and expensive repairs that could be caused by doing the job yourself. So, if you're ready to have your roof and gutters cleaned, call the pros at Window Genie for a free consultation. You can reach us at 877-243-8624 or visit our website today. 
Although the roof over your head is a major part of protecting your family and possessions from the elements, you probably don’t give it the time and attention it deserves. After all, cleaning your roof isn’t usually high on most priority lists. However, to extend the life of your roof and maintain its good condition, it should be cleaned at least once a year. Doing so will also provide an opportunity to do a yearly assessment of its condition. A good roof cleaning can also serve to increase the curb appeal of your home.   When it comes to your roof, you should have debris removed, your gutters cleaned, and repair any loose or missing material on an annual basis. Staying on top of such roof maintenance will not only save you money over time, it will help you avoid the hassle and expense that comes from a damaged or unkempt roof.   Depending on the age of your roof, color, slope, and the materials it is made of, you should have your roof professionally cleaned at least once a year. Factors like your climate and surroundings (for example, lots of trees around your home) will also determine how often your roof should be cleaned and cleared of debris. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that will determine how often you should clean your roof:    

Roof Age 

The age of your roof will definitely play a part in how often it needs maintenance. If your roof is brand new, you may feel that you can get away with minimal upkeep. However, this approach is not advisable, even for a relatively new roof. When it comes to roof maintenance, it’s better to be proactive than deal with an unexpected problem at the worst possible time (a leak during the height of your rainy season).   If you have a roof that is over 5 years old, cleaning it annually will accomplish several things: clear debris, mildew and mold, beautify your home’s exterior, and provide an opportunity to inspect and assess your roofs’ condition. Then, any issues that you may not have been aware of with your roof can be resolved before it gets any worse. If you have a roof that is over 10 years old, it should be cleaned and inspected at least twice a year to ensure it is still in good condition. Be sure it is checked thoroughly for signs of wear, such as loose, cracked or missing material. 

Roof Color and Pitch 

In addition to the age of your roof, the color of the roof material and slope and pitch of your roof will also determine how often it should be cleaned. A roof constructed of darker material will hide dirt and grime much better than a roof that is a lighter color. If you have a light-colored roof, you’ll probably need to have it cleaned once or twice a year depending on the amount of rain or snow you receive. Also, a roof that is pitched or set to a steep angle will allow water, dirt and debris to run off easily. In contrast, a flat or slightly sloped roof will enable water and other debris to sit and accumulate, and therefore it will require more frequent cleaning.  

Roof Materials 

The type of material used to cover your roof will also determine how often it needs to be cleaned. There are several types of materials that can be used to cover your roof. Depending on where you live, builders may use material like concrete or slate tiles, which have a rough finish and are typically brushed and flat. Other materials include barrel or ‘S’ tile, which is rounded and more slippery when wet. Then there are shake, cedar, or asphalt shingles, or you may even have a metal or clay roof. Some of this roof material, like cedar, shake, and asphalt shingles, take longer to dry once they become wet. Other material like barrel and ‘S’ tile and metal can be extremely slippery when wet and increase the likelihood of a slip and fall accident. Some roof material can also be damaged easily by use of heavy equipment or the use of highly pressurized water.   Related Topic: Why You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof  A roof constructed of material like shake, cedar, or asphalt shingles usually holds up well to weather. These shingles typically hide dirt and grim much better and don’t need to be cleaned as often - perhaps once a year. However, roofs constructed of tile or metal have a tendency to show dirt, grime, and mildew more easily, and therefore will require cleaning every 6-8 months.   It’s important to note that pressure washing—although a popular method for cleaning a roof—  can erode the material used to construct your roof. Some material, like asphalt composite shingles, are more fragile and can be damaged easily. Cleaning these type of shingles with highly pressurized water will destroy the surface by removing the sandy gravel finish, exposing the protective tar paper that lies underneath. Once this protective membrane is exposed to heat from the sun, the chance of developing a roof leak increases significantly. This is just another reason why hiring a professional to clean your roof is a good idea. 

Climate and Surroundings 

The location of your home can have a significant impact on the condition of your roof. If your home is surrounded by trees, chances are debris like branches, leaves, and twigs will find their way onto your roof. As this debris sits on your roof dirt and grime also accumulate to diminish its appearance.    If your area also gets a lot of wind, rain, and snow, branches and leaves can fall from nearby trees and land on top of your roof without you realizing it. This debris can damage roof material and clog your gutters. This combination of weather can be very detrimental to the appearance and structure of your roof. However, it’s nothing some timely cleaning and maintenance can’t handle.  

Professional Roof Cleaning 

Yes, your roof is designed to protect you and your possessions from anything Mother Nature throws your way, but this doesn’t mean it won’t need a little TLC every once in a while. Working on a roof can be extremely dangerous and cleaning one is not an easy task. So when it’s time to clean your roof, leave it to the professionals at Window Genie. We have the experience and equipment to do the job thoroughly and safely. Call Window Genie today for a free consultation and let us help you get your roof and the rest of your homes’ exterior looking its absolute best! 
Pressure washing your roof may seem like an efficient way to clean it up in a short amount of time. Using powerful jets of water to blast away any mold, mildew or dirt that dare cling to your roof seems like the right way to approach this job. But is it safe to pressure wash your roof, and could you actually be doing more harm than good? As tempting as it may be to spray away all that dirt, mold, and gunk, be warned - pressure washing your roof is not only incredibly dangerous, it can also lead to structural and electrical damage within your home. In this article, we’ll explore several reasons why you should never pressure wash your roof yourself and instead, consider hiring a professional that uses a soft wash technique. This method of cleaning your roof helps kill and remove any algae, moss, mildew, and dirt. It also keeps you safe and minimizes the risk of damage to your home.   

Damage to Your Home 

The roof over your head may seem like it is sturdy enough to withstand a little pressure washing a few times a year, but don’t be fooled! Sure, your roof was built to protect you and your family from elements like rain, snow, and falling debris, but it’s not made to keep out highly pressurized jets of water. Applying high-pressure water directly to your roof can cause the bonding or adhesive between your roof material to break, damaging the underlying fabric that protects the interior of your home. Spraying pressurized water can also result in cracks or breaks in the ceramic, cement, or slate tiles. If you have a clay or shingle roof, the pressurized water can cause leaks that allow water to leak directly into your home. If you have other features on your roof, such as vents, skylights, or solar panels, applying too much high-pressure water could compromise the seals that keep those features watertight, resulting in a leak.   On the other hand too little water pressure to clean your roof just creates a dangerous, wet mess and a whole new set of dilemmas. Depending on the type of material covering your roof, it could become very slippery when wet. This increases the potential for a slip and fall accident. Regardless of how high your roof is, even a fall from a relatively short distance can result in life altering injuries. Plus, the minimal water pressure will do little, if anything, to clean your roof. When you factor in the risks, it’s just not worth the effort. In addition, there are other factors that make pressure washing your roof a bad idea.  

Related Topic: Seven Things Never to Do When Pressure Washing Your Home 

Electrical Hazards 

Do you know where all of your electrical service panels, overhead wires, and electrical outlets are on the exterior of your home? If not, you may be in for quite a shock - literally! If water finds its way into your electrical panel or any outdoor wires, not only are you in danger of electrocution and electric shock, but the pressurized water can also cause serious damage to your home's electrical system. So, while it may seem like a cheaper and easier alternative to use your pressure washer to clean your roof, the long-term effects could be very costly.  

Climbing Hazards 

You may have climbed onto your roof once or twice before (which can be very dangerous), but moving around on a roof that is wet can be a very different story. It’s never advisable to walk around on a wet roof because there is a real danger of falling off. However, when you combine a wet roof with trying to do a job like pressure washing, you may be taking on a lot more than you bargained for. Also, keep in mind that pressure washers that are designed for homeowner use are not intended for use on a roof. Trying to get such a machine onto your roof can be extremely dangerous. You could damage the machine and injure yourself in the process. Even if the machine stays on the ground, moving around your roof with a hose around your feet on a wet, slippery surface is not ideal. And that doesn’t include the number of times you’ll have to go up and down a ladder to reposition your machine. It’s dangerous and difficult work that is best left to professionals. 

Related Topic: How to Clean Tough to Reach Windows 

A Better, Safer Alternative  

The idea of pressure washing your own roof is definitely tempting, but it’s also very risky. Sure, you may save a little money in the short term, but the potential hazards to you and your home far outweigh any savings you may realize. And, doing this job yourself could ultimately end up costing you a lot more money.   So, what’s the alternative to damaging your home and risking your personal safety to have a roof that shines?  Window Genie s’ soft wash process is designed to safely and effectively pressure wash your roof and your entire home. With over 20 years of experience, Window Genie understands what it takes to clean even the most difficult surfaces. Our soft wash process will help take the pressure off when it comes to cleaning your roof. 
When the time comes to pressure wash your home, it might seem like a job that anyone can do by renting the machine and getting to work. To most people, a pressure washer just seems like a powerful hose that even a teenager could operate and do a good job. However, a pressure washer is an extremely powerful tool that requires a lot of experience and skill to be able to operate safely. In this article, we have laid out some of the things you should never do if you are going to use a pressure washer on your home. 

1 - Disregard Safety Concerns   

The number one thing you should avoid when pressure washing a house is disregarding safety before and during the cleaning process. To help ensure you complete the cleaning process safely follow these steps:  Always wear protective gear.   Make sure the area you’re going to clean is cleared of any debris.   Secure or remove any items that might be easily dislodged as you clean.   Answer any questions you have about how to use the machine.   Paying attention to your surroundings.  

2 - Apply Too Much Pressure  

It’s always best to start a pressure washer at the lowest possible setting, This will allow you to get a feel for the way the machine operates. It will also give you a sense of how forceful the spray is at the lowest setting. Starting with the washer turned up full blast could not only damage your home, it might also lead to serious injury if it gets out of your control. Starting slow and turning the pressure up as needed will help you adjust to the force and operate the washer safely.   Related Topic: Affordable Ways to Give Your Home Exterior a Fresh, New Look 

3 - Start with a Tight Pattern  

When you start cleaning with a pressure washer, always begin by using wide, even strokes. This is another great way to help you adjust to the power and get used to it before you start focusing on smaller areas. Wide, even strokes will also help protect the finish on your home by spreading the pressure out over a wider surface area.  

4 - Blast Directly into Corners  

Never blast a stream from the pressure washer directly into a corner. This will direct the flow of water right back at you and could result in an injury to your eyes, head or face if a piece of debris is dislodged in the process. At the very least, you’ll wind up with soaking wet clothes. Wash each individual side of the corner using slow, even strokes to get each side clean.  

5 - Use Water Only  

Use a combination of cleaning solution and tap water in your pressure washer. Depending on the strength and potency of the cleaning solution a 50/50 ratio often works best. The water in a power washer is merely the vehicle that delivers the cleaning product, it should not be a substitute for it. Using just water will not give you the bright, rejuvenated look that you are trying to achieve by pressure washing your home.  

6 - Clean Windows First  

Cleaning your windows after you have pressure washed your home is highly recommended. The spray of a pressure washer is difficult to contain and will not always be concentrated exactly where you want it to be. Since you will inevitably get some spray and other debris on your windows when washing the house, it is best to clean your window after pressure washing to avoid having to clean them twice.  

7 - Ignore Electrical Hazards  

Never ignore open electrical boxes or loose electrical connections on the side of your home. If they are not properly sealed and taken care of, these can quickly become fire hazards when pressure washing. Be sure to take care of any potential electrical issues before you begin pressure washing.  

Professional Pressure Washing 

While doing your own pressure washing might seem like it could save you some money, the potential hazards are just not worth saving a few dollars. Window Genie has the experience and equipment to safely and effectively pressure wash your home. All our work is guaranteed, and you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a professional is handling your pressure cleaning job.  
As the seasons change, winter into spring, spring into summer, we often get the urge to change up the look and feel of our home. Rejuvenating your home is a fantastic idea that can take many different forms. One way to accomplish this goal is to give your homes’ exterior a fresh, new look. We have some ways you can do it without spending a small fortune.   We’ll share some tips to help get your creative juices flowing and add some pizzazz to your home without breaking the bank. These simple ideas don’t take much time and won’t break your budget for the year. So, if you’ve been wondering how you can change things up a little, we have you covered. 

Decorative Window Film  

Decorative Window Film is a simple alternative to etched or stained glass. It can enhance the look of your windows and provide some extra privacy at the same time. Although etched and stained glass is beautiful, it can also be very expensive. Artisan glass is also very nice, but incredibly expensive too. A window film can give you a similar look, and the privacy you want, at a fraction of the price.   You also have more freedom to change up the patterns and colors more easily when the mood strikes you. Decorative film is a fantastic temporary or permanent solution to jazz up the glass and gives the exterior of your home a new, different look.   

Give Your House a Bath 

Pressure washing the exterior of your home is another great way to make it sparkle and let its natural beauty shine through. Just like anything else that is constantly exposed to the elements, your home can get dirty, and sometimes you don’t even notice because it happens gradually over time. A thorough pressure wash can yield some surprising results, especially if it’s been several months since the exterior has been cleaned.   Pressure washing is also an excellent preventative measure against things like mold and rot. When dirt or mud stays on the surface of your home for a long time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. This can eventually lead to structural damage. Pressure washing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria, which in turn will help safeguard your home.   Related Topic: 3 Reasons to Clean and Secure Your Gutters 

Revive Your Driveway and Sidewalks  

The concrete around your home is another area that can get dirty and discolored over time. Meticulous concrete cleaning can reinvigorate the walkways and driveway in front of your home and have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of your home. You might be surprised just how bright and sparkling your driveway can look after a proper cleaning.   Cleaning the hard surfaces around your home can also prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew, just like it can with your home’s exterior. Getting rid of dirt and grime on your walkways and driveways can eliminate any buildup and keep you from slipping when the surface is wet. It can also prevent damage and deterioration of those surfaces over time.   These simple yet cost-effective ideas can really help give your home the fresh, new look you’re looking for. And if you need a little help, Window Genie can take care of some or all the projects on your ‘to do’ list. They can have your house looking it's absolute best in no time. Window Genie professionals have the experience and expertise to refresh your home exterior so you can start thinking about what you want to change inside your house...it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. 

Related Topic: Interior Design Styles and the Paint Colors That Go with Them 

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Most people can handle their to-do list inside the home, but how many of you have the time, supplies, ability or desire to completely clean your windows, siding, gutters, or roofs? Ladders are scary and dangerous, but so is someone who hasn’t had experience with a pressure washer. Too often these chores fall to the wayside, but don’t let ‘em! No more excuses: Window Genie is here to offer help. Continue reading "Which Chores are Best Left to the Professionals?"
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