Driveway Pressure Washing
Despite what many believe, pressure washing your driveway and sidewalk is not an extravagance. It is in fact exactly the opposite. Pressure washing your driveway and sidewalk is protection of an investment, and a very practical way to increase the safety, appearance, and value of your property. Let’s get into the details of why you should pressure wash your paved surfaces.
Curb Appeal and Increased Home Value
The largest motivator for most exterior cleaning, whether pressure washing or soft washing, is to heighten curb appeal. A good curb appeal means more than just impressing neighbors, it actually significantly increases the value of your home. Pressure washing your driveway, a task that will almost always cost under $200, has been proven to increase the value of a home by 5-10%. Considering the average American, whose home probably costs around $200,000, a 5-10% increase would mean anywhere from $10,000-$20,000.
If the two greatest known benefits of pressure washing your driveway and sidewalk (improved appearance and monetary value) haven’t convinced you yet, we’ll talk about the less known reasons to do it.
For homeowners, and more importantly business owners, a dirty sidewalk or driveway could result in serious injury to family members, visitors, and customers from falling. Mold and mildew growth, which is especially prevalent in humid environments, makes driveway and sidewalk surfaces slick and slippery. The main concern here is of course physical safety of patrons, but a business could also face a serious lawsuit from a customer fall due to lack of proper maintenance.
Another key safety reason to pressure wash your driveway and sidewalk is to prevent inhalation of the harmful organic materials, like mold and mildew, that grow on exterior surfaces. Excessive inhalation of these materials could lead to future health issues. Dirt and pollen that collect on paved surfaces can also heighten allergy symptoms for those who are affected.
Longevity, Investment Protection
Washing away organic materials protects your driveway surface from degradation, as well as from cracks formed by weeds (which are also suppressed by pressure washing).
Think of taking care of your car, old or new. The more you nurture it with regular oil changes and maintenance, the longer it will last. Rotate the tires regularly, give it a nice wash here and there- all of this is done to protect a valuable investment. Pressure washing your driveway and sidewalk acts in the same way to protect an investment that you’ve made on your home or business.
Handwashing pavement is an extremely tedious and time-consuming chore. Pressure washing, especially on ground surfaces where scaffolding and ladders are not needed to maintain consistent pressure, is quick and easy. In addition, pressure washing can reach small cracks that sponge washing simply can’t. There is something extremely satisfying about watching a surface change from dirty to clean in seconds- a gratification that hand washing does not offer.