Powering Away The Past!

Algae Covered North Side

Algae Covered North Side

In one of our recent projects, our client secured us to power wash their home. While the front is all brick, the two sides and back are vinyl siding. The north side of the house was covered in very unsightly algae. The remainder of the siding was covered in simply the natural accumulation of dirt.

Deck Before Cleaning

Deck Before Cleaning

In addition to the house, a significant portion of the back yard consisted of a patio area and deck. The deck was also showing significant signs of wear and disrepair. In fact, the homeowner was recently approached by a contractor stating the deck simply needed to be torn down. I convinced them to let me try to clean it up and then we could get a much better view of what needed to happen.

North Side Cleaned

North Side Cleaned

We arrived on the scene and did a quick walk-around to determine the best plan of action, set up our equipment and started in obliterating that gross green growth! We very quickly witnessed a wonderful transformation to white! BTW…did I mention that pressure washing on a hot, sticky 90+ degree day is almost enjoyable? We moved around to the back where the dirt accumulation was much less intense, but still it received a much needed cleaning.

Deck Cleaned and Ready For Stain

Deck Cleaned and Ready For Stain

From there, our focus turned to the patio and deck area. The grime and wear were quickly stripped away as the wood was transformed to a nearly new look. After it was all cleaned, we performed a thorough inspection of the deck in order to determine a course of action. Other than a section of the deck that had suffered significant decay and deterioration, the homeowner was pleased to hear that a good stain would give them back a peaceful sanctuary for their coffee in the morning, or a place to relax in the evening. Rebuilding the decayed section would naturally be a part of the plan as well.

All in all, now the homeowner has added great curb appeal to their home with the complete exterior cleaning. Once we have completed the minor rebuild, and then apply a good stain, the back yard will again be a place to host family and friends for a cook out and entertaining. Stay tuned as we share the accounts of the deck restoration project!

 

 

 

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The Misnomer of “Maintenance Free”

Ever since the late 1930’s when Aluminium Siding first burst onto the home builders scene, the term maintenance free┬áhas been used as a buzzword. Twenty years later, the phrase became even more widespread when vinyl siding made its appearance. The problem is that this phrasing is not entirely accurate!

Certainly, these two siding alternative products did vastly reduce the amount of upkeep necessary over traditional wood siding products. The task of painting the house exterior every few years had been all but eliminated. But we can’t simply ignore the exterior of our home just because it has vinyl siding!

61-beforeExhaust emissions, dirt, grime and dust all accumulate upon the surfaces of our siding. In some extreme cases, algae and similar substances manage to accumulate, leaving a very unsightly look to your castle. It is imperative that we keep up with regular cleaning of these types of siding. Not doing so allows61-finished-4 the heat and beating rays of the sun to bake these elements onto the surface of the siding. The longer we wait between cleanings, the more possible it is that these stains penetrate the surface and leave permanent, and unsightly, stains.

Another problem area is the gutters on your home. These can be easily overlooked because, quite often, they are not in our line of sight. Not keeping these cleaned regularly allows dirt and shingle granules to combine with leaves and foliage which creates 67-beforeblockages and slow working gutters. Leaving them without maintenance allows for the decomposition of the organic material which then solidifies within the gutters and completely stops the flow of water as designed. When this happens, the water runs over the tops of the guttering, carrying with it the stains of the decaying material within. This causes permanent staining on the exterior surfaces of the gutter, usually blackish in color and is quite noticeable.

Maintenance free is a misnomer! Don’t get lulled into this false sense of security. Contracting to have your gutters cleaned regularly and also having your exterior pressure washed can help guard against permanent staining and keep high curb appeal for your home. At Final Coat Professional Painting, we can help you with these tasks. Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate. While you are at it, don’t forget your decks and concrete surfaces also!

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