Pressure Washing

For many years Window Works! provided pressure washing as part of our services. At the time construction was booming and the sheer number of people (mostly uninsured individuals) offering pressure washing simply drove the price down to a point that it made it impossible to carry insurance and still compete.

As is the case with most things in business, time has a way of balancing out an over supply and for the last 2 years we have been inundated with requests to offer pressure washing once again.

It may have taken us a while to respond, but you spoke, and we listened. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence. We are thrilled to once again be of service.

THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

The term “Pressure” washing is actually very misleading. When cleaning siding and painted wood the rule of thumb is 90% Chemical and 10% Pressure. The chemical is key and “pressure” is hardly required at all. If you have ever had someone pressure wash your home and they “blasted” away, they clearly did not have the knowledge or experience to do what they were doing.

Flat work (driveways, sidewalks, patios) is just the opposite – 10% Chemical and 90% Pressure. There is however some caution with that rule. We have seen where individuals have tried to compensate for an under-powered machine by using a high pressure tip that oscillates a pinpoint stream (called a zero degree tip). Truthfully, any legitimate pressure washing company would never use one of these tips, but it is worth mentioning as an FYI in that if you ever see someone using this method understand that they are incredibly damaging to the concrete surface.

HOW PRESSURE WASHING AFFECTS YOUR WINDOWS

As window cleaners we can always tell when a customer has recently had their house pressure washed. We can tell because there is a milky white residue on the glass from the bleach that was never rinsed thoroughly.

This is just wrong. Bleach, better known as Sodium Hypochlorite, is technically a liquid salt. Bleach is incredibly corrosive and in full strength can eat through wood, metal – even eat away at the surface of your concrete driveway if left alone (not to mention can etch your window glass).

Anyone who has ever done laundry KNOWS how hard it is to get bleach off your hands. Bleach is a nasty product, but — absolutely nothing will “KILL” the mold, mildew and green algae like plain old bleach.

Ask 10 different companies and you will get 10 different answers as to how best to clean your home. As a rule, it is our preference to pressure wash your home PRIOR to cleaning your windows – but for us the bleach residue has NEVER presented a problem. We can even pressure wash your home AFTER the windows have been cleaned without issue. The reason is fairly simple and something we learned from an “old timer” many years ago. His solution – just add soap.

Soap, ANY soap, by definition “wraps” itself around a dirt or oil molecule so you can rinse it away with water – period. Be it laundry detergent, shampoo, dish soap – it’s all the same concept. This is what soap does.

By adding simple dish soap to the cleaning solution the “bleach” can still do its job and penetrate to kill out the Bacteria (mold, mildew, algae). but when you come back for a final rinse the soap will suds up and virtually wash away any bleach residue.

 

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DRIVEWAYS AND SIDEWALKS

The price for driveways, sidewalks and patios (flatwork) breaks down to .10 cents per square foot. A quick estimate would be $16-$18 per car space (can vary if you have a wider than normal driveway). Patios and a typical sidewalk from driveway to front porch would typically range from $15-$20

HOUSES

When you consider the endless variations between any 2 homes (brick, vinyl siding, partial brick, stucco, Hardiplank) it makes it extremely difficult to provide a one size fits all pricing on homes. That said, it is still possible to provide a  reasonably good estimate based on the square footage of your home.

We have a Minimum Charge to pressure wash any home of $129. Homes up to 2500 square feet typically run $129-$149 – will vary depending on if the home is on a slab or basement.

Homes from 2500 square feet to 3500 square feet range from $149-$179

Homes from 3500-5000 square feet will vary from $179-$219. (If you are doing the math, yes an all brick 3600 square foot home on a slab will cost less than a 3500 square foot with 4 sides of siding and a basement).

To be fair to everyone homes over 5000 square feet simply require an onsite inspection (*there is no charge for an onsite visit) and you will be provided a firm cost at that time.

NOTE FYI: There is simply NO business out there who can pressure wash your home for $99 AND be insured. It simply is not mathematically realistic. We ENCOURAGE you to shop around, and you have every right to get what you pay for, but you should NOT be surprised if you have “issues” and/or regrets when you choose strictly on price. It simply is not worth it.