You bought your painting gear, and you’re just about ready to take on the exterior painting of your home, but you aren’t quite ready to start yet. As tempting as it might be to start right off the bat, it’s important to note that you can’t start without pressure washing your house. Simply put, you need to remove the dirt and grime that has built up on your home before you start your painting project.
Pressure washing doesn’t come without considerations, however. You need to calibrate the time needed to spend on your house depending on its size. In addition, depending on where you live in the US, the seasons can be an obstacle to your pressure washing plans, such as cold winters and harsh summers taking a toll on your efforts or the quality of your building materials. With spring coming into tow soon, that’s a good time for people to start since the weather will be getting warmer.
Regardless of whether you hire a professional to do it for you or whether you’re setting out on the task yourself, here are some reasons to always pressure wash first, before you start painting the outside of your home.
Pressure Washing Prevents Future House Damage
Mold and mildew can start to build upon your home, coupled with the growing dirt and grime build-up due to withstanding the outside elements can leave your home at risk for future damages. Painting over it can hide the issue, but it doesn’t get rid of it. This build-up if left unchecked can start to eat away at your exterior causing rot. Not only is that expensive paint job you just got wasted, but now you have to replace that section of your siding.
A great way to prevent future house damage is just washing down your home before you paint it. You can identify areas of concern and you can prevent future concerns from ever happening. Pressure washing away the mold and built-up gunk can end up saving your exterior from future damages, but it is important that you choose the right pressure washer and the right setting for the job.
Choosing the Right Pressure Washer is Important
Not all pressure washers are created equal and each pressure washer and the setting is designed to wash away certain materials, if you choose wrong you could actually end up with additional damages including:
- Accidental removal of shutters and shingles.
- Paint removal.
- Cracking and splintering of vulnerable surfaces (like windows).
While it might seem like a lot to consider, just make sure you talk with a professional when buying or renting your power washer to make sure you know the right soap, PSI, and distance to use when cleaning your home.
Pressure Washing Allows the Paint Lasts Longer
Just like how primer helps the paint adhere to the surface better and hides the previous color, in a similar manner, pressure washing is a great “pre-paint” task list to complete before starting to paint the exterior of your home. You want as much of a blank canvas as you can get in order to create the best paint job you can! Starting with a clean surface gives you the “blank canvas” to do so. No more fighting against built-up dirt and grime getting into your paint rollers and brushes and ruining them and causing your finished product to prematurely flake.
Improved Curb Appeal After Pressure Washing
Just like you clean your floors or clean your kitchen when company comes over or you are getting ready to sell your home, you want to wash the outside of the house too. This can do wonders to freshen up your curb appeal and make the home look brand new. It is a subtle way to let people know you are taking care of your property and who knows that extra bit of sparkle might just sell someone on your home!
Hire Catalyst Painters To Help You Out!
If this feels like a lot of extra work, supplies, and time needed to paint your home, you aren’t wrong, but in the end, it is more than worth it. However, if you are looking for help, Catalyst Painters is one phone call away. As a team that offers the best house painting in Overland Park, we can help you with your next painting job! We save you –
- Time on your job.
What you can do in hours – lugging around equipment, scrubbing at the stains yourself – we can do in minutes.
Don’t believe us? Think about that lost investment on flaky paint or the rotted siding you now have to replace. In the end, it could save you hundreds.
- Your Safety.
Think about it – chances are, you’re going to be standing on a ladder to extended periods of time. If you get injured, that’ll requisite big medical bills. With catalyst painting, among other services, we have expertise getting around areas that are normally considered dangerous for others.