Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Using A Pressure Washer On A Deck

When you have a beautiful outdoor living space such as a deck--you want to spend as much time as humanly possible on it! No matter what style or architecture, any type of deck or outdoor space you have--this usually becomes the center of your friends and family’s lives - the "most used room in the house" is in fact, outdoors!

Yet, your deck have to deal with serious wear and tear from you and your kin, and it faces the elements head first. Whether you deck is wood or composite, periodic cleaning is always a requirement if you want your deck to retain its original prestige and beauty. Think of cleaning as preventative maintenance. This maintenance, done correctly, will add years to your deck and save you valuable time and money in the long run.

The pressure you need to wash your deck surface isn’t a great deal – we aren’t talking about sandblasting. But, it is enough pressure to do damage to soft wood, and enough pressure to leave lapmarks on most composite decking IF you are not careful. While the pressure washer is designed to remove embedded dirt and other contaminants, extreme excessive force on the wood will get rid of more than just the bad! Whether you or a trained person is operating the washer, it is important to treat the scenario with respect and not pretend you are having a water-gun battle. (Which reminds us – don’t use the pressure washer on people. EVER.)

Don’t just wait to power-wash your deck when you are planning to sell your home, it is a good idea to do it yearly. If you have an active family or friend group, you will want to keep your deck clean. You wouldn’t have your children crawling around on a filthy kitchen floor, so why would you have them playing on a dirty deck?

Don't have a deck yet?? We can help. Call Metro GreenScape at 704.504.0980.
Heather - Metro GreenScape
Charlotte Lawn & Landscape

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