Maybe because it’s spring, you’re taking a look at the outside of your home in South Bay Area, CA and thinking that it’s been a few years; it’s time to clean it and spruce up the look. Or maybe you’ve just decided that you want to put your home up for sale, and you want to maximize its curb appeal by taking a few years of wear and tear off the look of the home with cleaning.
Whatever the case may be, deciding to clean in any home exterior in South Bay Area, CA is always a good idea. However, there are ways to do it that are less efficient—and more physically taxing—than others. So what’s the best way to go about it that won’t put a dent in your wallet or your muscles at the end of the day?
The biggest and most visible part of a home’s exterior is, of course, the siding. Not only does the siding determine the overall color of a home, but it also protects the structure of the home from snow, rain, wind, detritus like leaves, and keeping the insulation sealed, so it can do its job maintaining the interior temperature.
All of this means that siding can eventually start looking pretty beat up. If your exterior is made of brick, there’s no cheap way to clean off the exterior and restore its look other than a sizable investment in “repointing.”
However, if it’s any kind of metal or vinyl siding, pressure washing is an effective way to clean off years of dirt and grime. You can either hire professionals to do this for you if you want the best results or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try it yourself. Pressure/power washers can be bought or rented. If you’re trying this yourself, choose an out of the way place to experiment with the right pressure. This way, if you make a mistake, the damage to the siding isn’t too noticeable.
You don’t have to use old fashioned elbow grease to wash the outside of your windows, but use extreme care if you choose the power washing option. These devices are powerful enough to break glass! If you want to play it safe, you can use a pressure washing-like tool that attaches to a garden hose. This is far less powerful than a conventional pressure washer, but can still boost the scouring power enough to get the grime off your glass.
In most cases, cleaning a roof only requires a bit of sweeping to get rid of detritus such as leaves or branches. In some cases, if there’s been a growth of algae or moss that’s streaking the roof, you may need to treat your roof with chemicals to prevent any regrowth.
A clean exterior in South Bay Area, CA is always great to increase the curb appeal of your home. This can make a great impression when putting it up for sale, but it’s also nice to just have a clean, shiny exterior that makes you a proud part of the neighborhood.