August 12, 2010
Although our services are for window cleaning, we often see many windows that need replacing. If window replacement is part of your home improvement plan, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
#1 What is the highest level of insulation that you need? If you live in the southern portion of North Carolina, there are only 3 months during the year where we experience cold weather. However, the southern part of the state also has 5 months of hot weather. Windows are one of the easiest places in the home for transferring both heat and cold. Windows are available in single, double or triple planes. Choosing the best structure for your home depends on how much insulation you need, your expected cost savings from the different insulating levels and the clarity that you expect.
#2 Another consideration may also be how much protection is present on the outside of your home, such as trees, other homes, buildings etc. Anything that blocks wind and provides some shade can reduce the need for more insulation. Sun and wind exposure can affect the heat and cold transfer through a window.
#3 Keep windows caulked. We frequently see windows that are in need of re-caulking. Openings between the window and the window frame, no matter how small, can significantly reduce the insulation provided by the window.
#4 Another defect we see is windows that are pitted from wind damage. The pitting doesn’t really impact the insulation effect but it does reduce visibility and the window appearance.
#5 The consideration is the amount of noise around your home. The thicker the window (double or triple paned), the more noise reduction that the window provides.
There is nothing that we enjoy more than to finish our window cleaning or home pressure washing, and see the effect that clean, shining windows can have on a home’s appearance.
August 31, 2010
If you have a deck or fence that is looking a little worn or worse for wear, there are a few ways of making it look as good as new again. One way is by utilizing a pressure washer. Pressure washing consists of several different elements, which combined; provide the perfect cleaning and protection solution for most wood surfaces.
When you think of pressure washing, there are really three elements at play; water pressure, water temperature, and detergents, chemicals, or cleaning agents. People believe you simply turn on the power washer and start blasting away at the surface and it will instantly wash away all the grime and dirt. That's not really the case as many surfaces can actually be damaged this way and a lot of grime or dirt needs these different elements to break them up and clean them away effectively.
Knowing what surface you're going to wash is the first consideration. If you're looking to remove the green mold or mildew off a wooden fence or deck, you can use a simple solution of water, soap, and bleach. A general amount for each is 1/3 cup of dry laundry detergent, optionally 2/3 cups of a general powered household cleaner, a qt of liquid bleach added to a gallon of water. It's important to use a little bleach as it will actually kill the mildew and prevent it from returning. What most people don't realize is if you simply spray a wooden fence or deck with hot water, although it may look nice and clean, the mildew or mold is still there and will simply return once it's dry. So using bleach is important but be careful not to use too much as it will damage the wood.
A simple search on the internet will reveal many other types of homemade detergent mixtures but you'll find water and bleach are the most common. When attempting to wash off oil or grease, you'll need more than just a bleaching detergent. Check out your local Home Depot or equipment rental shop for detergents that work well on oil and grease. I like to use a detergent called Simple Green for my siding; it seems to work really well. It comes in little dis-solvable packets and I can pick it up at Home Depot. When dealing with grease, again, one of the important ingredients of our element mixture for this is heat, so if you have a pressure washer that's capable of warm water, this will work best on surfaces such as driveways that have oil or grease stains you're trying to get out.
Whether your pressure washing concrete or wood, the important thing to remember about pressure washing is all the elements involved. The process is more than just water pressure; remember to control the three elements of temperature, chemical (detergent), and pressure.
August 5, 2010
When many homeowners think of ways to make their homes look better, they consider getting services like lawn maintenance, gutter cleaning, window washing and home cleaning. While all of these services are necessary, many homeowners fail to consider their sidewalk and siding and what condition it is in. Simply put, having siding that is in good condition is a necessity, as siding that is in bad condition will be more prone to issues such as mold, which can be a problem for those who are allergic to it. There are many benefits to getting pressure washing done by a professional, as you'll find out in this article.
Four Benefits of Pressure Washing
- It's Not as Expensive as Replacing Things Outright. Does your siding look like it's been there for a long time and is in desperate need of replacement. Or how about your deck—does it look like the wood needs to be re-stained? These are both signs that your siding and deck are in need of maintenance. A lot of people assume that when the condition of anything on their hope deteriorates, it's automatically time to replace it. But a good pressure washing can restore your deck, siding or sidewalk to its original condition because the wash removes dirt and many other things that can make your deck, siding, or sidewalk look in worse condition than it really is.
- It Gets Rid of Harmful Mold. It's a fact that many homes have mold of some kind on them, which can trigger allergic reactions. If you've felt like your home is making you sick, it could very well be a mold build up on the outside. Pressure washing is able to cut through mold and grime and remove it in a way that is safe and will be beneficial to both you and your home.
- Extends the Life of Roof Shingles. Replacing the roof on any home is a very costly thing, and a build-up of mold is a common cause for shingles that need to be replaced a lot more often than they should. Fortunately, pressure washing—even on roofs—can get rid of the mold and greatly extend the life of the shingles, saving homeowners thousands of dollars in potential repairs.
- Better Insulation and More Energy Efficient. Improper home maintenance can result in a home that is poorly insulated and will cost a lot more to keep warm. Due to the rising cost of energy, having a properly insulated home is essential, and believe it or not, pressure washing can aid in this. That's because pressure washing gets rid of things that can affect the insulation of the home, both on the roof and on the siding.
Why to Hire a Professional to Pressure Wash
In some instances, doing things yourself can save money and time, but not when it comes to important home maintenance like pressure washing. It's far cheaper to hire a professional business to do your home's pressure washing, as you won't need to buy the special equipment they use to get it done.
You'll also save time, as you won't have to spend hours doing it yourself.
Finally, the results will last much longer than an amateur job would.