If you’re concerned about weather damage to your home exterior painting or woodwork, you need to know for certain that your surfaces haven’t been compromised. 

Weather can damage your paint job by cracking or chipping your paint, which lowers protection of your walls and woodwork from the elements and can cause moisture to seep in and damage your interior walls, ceilings, and floors. Weather damage can also cause wood to decay, which undermines the structural integrity of woodwork on your property over time.

Power washing gets to the bottom of things so you know if your wood, siding, or brick has been affected by prolonged exposure to tough weather conditions.

How Does Power Washing Work?

Power washing uses water to give surfaces a deeper clean. The water is highly pressurized, which removes dirt and debris much more effectively than scrubbing it by hand. 

Professional painters use power washing as a part of their service preparation services. Removing surface particles means your primers and paints will stick correctly to the substrate and will have an even finish. 

Power washing can be done at different levels of intensity, and using different equipment, depending on the job. When you hire a house painter, ask them about their approach to surface cleaning and preparation so you can be confident your home will be in the best condition to receive paint before painting projects begin.

Does Power Washing Reverse Weather Damage?

While you can see some painting damage just by looking for chips and cracks, other damages may be hiding beneath the paint (or beneath the grime that has accumulated on your walls or woodwork).

Pressure washing cannot erase or eliminate damages from a surface, but it is very effective at stopping the progression of damage. It is also a good way to prevent damage to your paint job, since removing dirt, mold, mildew, and other surface contaminants means they can’t damage your paint job or wood stain.

How Does Power Washing Benefit Woodwork?

You see your home exterior every day, and it’s what passersby are most likely to notice. But woodwork like fences, decks, and wooden stairs can be neglected if they’re not in regular use or if they are in a more remote part of your property.

Rotting wood can compromise your fencing, which may threaten the security of your home or the well-being of animals living on your property.

If stairs or decks become rotted, you could face some serious safety issues if people begin using them again after boards start to decay.

Pressure washing can help you spot signs of wood rot much earlier, so you can be proactive about your safety and improve the look of all areas of your property.

Is DIY Power Washing Effective?

Unless you are experienced at using power washing techniques and equipment, DIY power washing is not recommended. 

Using the wrong amount of pressure, spraying unevenly, or using too intense of a technique can damage your painting further, not to mention water is more likely to get into your interior walls through even the tiniest cracks in walls, or around windows and doors.

Don’t take chances when it comes to weather damaging your home exterior walls or woodwork. Treat your home, your fences, your stairs, and your deck with care. If you notice cracks, fading, chips, or other paint damage, we can help you find the root of the problem with power washing before we seal those surfaces with fresh primer and paint.

Call All American Painting Plus for your power washing estimate and make a plan to protect your surfaces for years to come.