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Clean it Up with Power Washing

Looking for a refresh this season? From the siding on your house, to brick patios or walkways, to even the gutters protecting your house from rain, power washing can give a brand new shine to even your dirtiest areas.

What is Power Washing?

Power washing combines water pressure with cleaning agents to remove entire layers of built-up dirt and particles, oil, gum, and other gunk that’s accumulated over time. The tools used to clean these items are usually professional grade and powerful. It is important that you have someone operating the high-pressure water who knows what they are doing so they don’t damage the siding of your house or other areas. The term power washing is often used interchangeably with pressure washing as they use similar techniques.

Why Homes Need Power Washing

Why a homeowner will need power washing is really determined by what is being washed and what they would like removed. For example, our climate in New England can encourage the growth of mold and mildew that can cling to the wood siding of your home, shed, or deck. A thorough power washing can remove the mold and washing with certain cleaners can discourage the new growth of molds or mildew.

If cleaning is your main objective, a power washing can clean up the leftover salt and debris from the winter on walkways, the exterior of a home, or decks. Many homeowners use power washing to rid their gutters of built up leaves, sticks, and trash that may have built up over the years.

If your home or deck needs repainting or refinishing, a power wash prior to applying the paint or finish can ensure that any peeling, bubbling paint is easily removed. Power washing will take it right off.

What Areas Can Be Power Washed?

Some homeowners see power washing as a once-a-year chore that can bring new life to the exterior of their home. The pros at Jerry Enos Painting know that there are many uses for power washing. In the past, we have power washed all sorts of things around businesses or residential homes including roofs, walkways, brick patios, fences, driveways, sheds, decks, and windows.

For businesses, we regularly work with: apartment complexes, condo blocks, homeowners associations (HOAs), hospitality chains, restaurants, office parks, fitness facilities, shopping centers, retail locations, marinas, stadiums, and parking garages. When you’re ready to brighten up your storefront, show that rental, refresh your shopping center, or tackle those high traffic areas of your property, call our team at 978-546-6843 or email us for a free estimate.

 

Does your Deck Need a Facelift?

Is your deck trying to send you a message? Most homeowners enjoy their decks during the spring, summer, and fall months when they entertain around a fire pit or BBQ. It is during the winter months, however, that decks can begin to age and experience weather that can cause much-needed repairs. Take a look at your deck this month and see if it is sending you a message that it needs some repair, paint, or a facelift. Here are some signs that your deck needs some TLC.

Aging Finish

If your deck is made of wood, as so many decks in our region are, it may be trying to tell you that it needs a new coat of paint or finish. Has the finish on your deck started to deteriorate such as peeling, bubbling, oxidizing, or flaking? It may be time to call Jerry Enos Painting to clean it up and put on a fresh coat of finish.

Signs of Rot

Take a closer look at your deck. Does the wood feel soft? Does it look damp or discolored? Are the supports solid? If you feel like your wood is beginning to rot, or has become the meal of some unwelcome pests, you may need to repair the wood and then have it re-stained or re-painted to seal and protect the wood from further damage.

Signs of Repair Needed

While you are examining your deck, check each board to be sure it is not warped or cracked. Check the railings and stairs to be sure they are secure as well. Wiggly or loose railings or boards are a sign that some repairs are needed.

Jerry Enos Painting offers services that can restore your deck back to the glory of the days when you first built it. Natural wood decks have a beauty all their own, and we pride ourselves on bringing out that beauty by reversing the ravages of time. First, we use a floor machine designed specifically for hardwood to strip the deck of dead fibers to reveal the fresh, unsullied wood underneath. Then we seal it with a high quality, hard wearing clear or tinted penetrative coating that highlights the qualities of the wood itself and protects it from moisture and the elements. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and new your wood deck will look after refinishing and how easy it is to care for from here on. Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Top Reasons Your Home Needs a Power Wash

New England homes are exposed to the whims of Mother Nature from the heat and ultraviolet rays of the summer to the salt, snow and harsh temperatures of the winter months. While our homes are designed to deal with the unpredictable weather associated with our region, they still need maintenance and care on a regular basis. A thorough power wash can be a great solution to the buildup of grime, dirt, mildew, moss and stains on the exterior of our homes and businesses. Why should you choose power washing? Here are a few reasons:

 

  1. Preventative Maintenance – Just like maintaining other parts of your home or business, power washing can save you money on costly repairs due to damage to the surface of your exterior. Neglected siding, shingling or decking can result in damaged wood or vinyl that can be costly to replace or repair. Prevent those bills by routinely having an expert power wash your home or business.
  2. Maintain Property Value – Your home or business is probably your biggest investment so maintain its beauty and ultimately its value by keeping mildew, mold and dirt at bay with an annual power washing. According to the National Association of Realtors, a pressure washed house can increase your property value by $10,000-$15,000.
  3. Protect Your Health -Just as dirt and grime can attach to your home, so can allergens that can make your family sick or at least fairly miserable during pollen and other high allergen seasons. A professional power wash can remove allergens and keep your family healthy.

Rejuvenate – Wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces can begin to look old and worn down from the sun’s rays and snow melt products, so consider a professional power wash to rejuvenate the surface. Restore the original color and beauty to the surface that will make you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

Are you Ready for Outdoor Entertaining?

The smell of the grill, the laughter of friends and the warmth of the fire pit are just a few of the things we have been dreaming about all winter long, right? Spring is here and summer is right around the bend, which means it’s time for outdoor entertaining!

 

However, just because the calendar has turned to spring doesn’t mean you are ready for the patio party season to begin. Have you checked out the condition of your deck or patio? Does the area need some revitalizing or a bit of sprucing before you invite all your friends and family for the traditional summer barbecues? Here are 3 of the ways Jerry Enos Painting can help you get ready to fire up the grill!

 

  • Power Washing – Snow melt products and heavy shoveling can cause serious damage to decks and patios. Pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage. We can power wash your deck, walkways, patio area or the exterior facade of your home to make it look clean and new!
  • Deck Refinishing – After several seasons exposed to the elements, the wood on a deck can begin to look old, discolored and in need of some serious TLC. We can strip and seal your deck to protect it and bring back its natural beauty. In stripping the deck we remove the dead fibers to reveal the fresh, unsullied wood underneath. Then we seal it with a high quality, hard wearing clear or tinted penetrative coating. The like-new condition of your deck will have friends and relatives wondering if you installed a new deck!  
  • Exterior Painting – Jerry Enos Painting can prep, prime and paint any exterior structure including your home, garage or sheds. The damaging effects of salt, moss and mildew can really do a job on exterior facades so consider contacting us for a free estimate on painting your home before the BBQ season kicks off this year!

Spring Power Washing

Spring is a great time to clean out your closets, wash your windows, declutter the basement and get your carpets cleaned. Spring cleaning may not be glamorous and exciting, but it sure can bring a house back to life after a long winter. While you are cleaning around your house don’t neglect the actual siding of the house itself. Whether you are just hoping to rejuvenate the overall look of your exterior or maybe you want to put your house on the market this spring, power washing is a must do on your spring cleaning checklist.

Throughout the winter the exterior of your house was exposed to some fairly tough elements that may have your house looking worn down or dirty. Mold, dirt, stains, salt and other environmental pollutants can make your house look tired and grimy. Power washing or pressure washing is a simple and fast way to restore the original color and remove unsightly stains. Pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk.

Power washing can payoff in several important ways. Not only does power washing keep  your home clean: it hinders rot, decay and premature aging of the home. These problems could lead to costly repairs down the line. An annual power washing can help homeowners avoid such problems. Once clean, a home that was once seen as tired and dirty now also has increased curb appeal if you are considering selling your home this spring. It could also mean an increase in the home’s overall value. Imagine home buyers pulling up to your house to be pleasantly surprised at how well kept the exterior of the home is. This makes for a positive first impression.  A well maintained home from the outside increases the odds  that the buyer will continue the tour to the inside. Showing your house with a freshened up look is one of the major benefits of a power washing this spring.