Why Should I Pressure Wash?
Does the outside of your home need a good scrubbing? Are your bricks, stones, and sidewalk discolored? Has the wood on your deck begun to fade? Say hello to every homeowner’s best friend: the pressure washer.
It’s amazing how much of a difference a pressure washer can make to the aesthetics, curb appeal, and livability of your home…not to mention its resale value. And even when a surface doesn’t appear that bad or dirty, a good pressure washing session can make all the difference and reveal your home’s true hidden potential.
While the outside of your home may not need to be cleaned as often as the inside, it still needs a good scrubbing now and then to keep the value and aesthetic of your home up. Keeping it washed also helps preserve your paint, bricks, and vinyl; so it saves you money in the long run as well.
When it comes to pressure washing, there are many options to choose from. You can go the DIY route and ‘do-it-yourself’, or, if you’re not a fan of heights or extremely powerful water pressure from heavy-duty hoses, you can simply hire it out to a pro who can do it for you.
The Cost Of Renting vs. Owning A Pressure Washer
Renting a Pressure Washer
When renting a pressure washer, customers are often required to pay a deposit. Generally, pressure washers are rented either by-the-hour for smaller jobs, or by the day for larger, longer jobs. This, of course,depends on where you’re renting from. Home improvement stores, like Home Depot, are generally a good place to look for power washing rentals.
The price often fluctuates by location and availability, but an average daily cost is generally between $50-$100 to rent a pressure washer.
Buying a Pressure Washer
For those expecting to routinely use a pressure washer for home maintenance, it can be a good idea to forego a rental and buy your own. The cost of purchasing a pressure washer ranges anywhere from $90-$800–depending on the type of washer. Due to the inherent responsibility of storing and maintaining the pressure washer, many homeowners do not generally even consider making the purchase. Depending on how often you plan on using it, and how often your friends and family plan on borrowing it, investing in a pressure washer can be a good idea.
That being said, if you plan on having your own pressure washer, it is important to be aware of the risks of doing your own pressure washing jobs. There is a level of know-how that is required to make sure you don’t damage your home or property. We know it’s just water, but have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? There is also safety gear that should be worn while operating this high-powered machinery, so don’t forget to purchase this as well.
Electric Or Gas Pressure Washer?
There are two basic types of pressure washers: gas and electric.
Electric Pressure Washers
Electric pressure washers generally operate at a lower pressure than their gas counterparts, generally between 1,300-1,400 psi. Electric power washers are often better used for washing garage floors and even cars. They’re also quieter and more portable than gas pressure washers. Electric pressure washers require a 120-140V GFCI outlet, and they usually cost between $90-$200, only double that of a standard rental rate.
Gas Pressure Washers
Gas pressure washers, on the other hand, can operate at very high pressure. Gas pressure washers can run at up to 3,000 psi, which is better for washing brick or stucco on the side of a house, or wooden decks. They typically have more features than electric pressure washers, including chemical injectors and longer wands for reaching higher and wider distances. Gas pressure washers can cost anywhere between $300-$800.
The Cost Of A Pressure Washer Service
Hiring a pro for a pressure washer service can be a good idea. Professional pressure washers have the experience and know-how to work safely with the equipment, reducing the risk of damage to your home or walkway: they know which nozzles to use and where to use them..
According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a power washing service is $283, with a typical range of $185-$383. This includes both the equipment and the labor, meaning you won’t have to pick up, drop off, or do any of the labor yourself. Needless to say, this is the road most taken by those looking to power wash their homes.
Pressure Washer Service Tips
When hiring a contractor for a pressure washer service, there are a few things you’ll want to do:
- Find a good company with up-to-date and state of the art equipment–not just a pressure washer you can buy at your Home Depot, or stores like it.
- Check to ensure the company has insurance, certifications, that they follow EPA regulations concerning safe chemicals.
- Check for good customer reviews, including testimonials on the efficacy of their pressure washing; you shouldn’t have to pressure wash your home more than once a year.
- Gather and compare several quotes from different companies. Make sure they include the price of materials (if they do), labor, and equipment so you’re getting a quote on the whole package. If they use your water, check to make sure who is paying for it. They may bring their own water, which is also a plus, unless they itemize it into the cost.
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