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Why Would You Hire Someone To Power Wash Your Siding?

Power Washing Your Siding

Professional pressure washing also known as power washing is the quickest way to freshen up your home’s exterior and prolong the life of your siding. Did you know that your home’s siding needs to be cleaned about every two years, or even more often if it’s in a shaded tree/brush covered area? As time passes, it’s not unusual for some wear, discoloration, or even mold and mildew to appear on almost all siding types. While you may think your house needs a fresh coat of paint, a proper cleaning may be all that it needs to give it new life!

Types of Siding We Can Pressure Wash For You

Before any type of pressure washing begins, you will need to determine what type of siding you have, and how to best clean it. Some of the more common types of house siding include stucco, vinyl, metal, and wood.

Stucco siding really benefits from regular, thorough cleaning. This type of siding can be prone to discoloration and staining if it’s not properly cared for. However, stucco can be tricky to wash correctly without damaging the surface, so it’s best to leave this job to the pros! A power washing professional will know the proper pressure, nozzle type, and technique to use, resulting in a bright and even appearance.

Pressure washing vinyl and metal siding prevents the build-up of dust, dirt, pollens, sap and more. Oxidation from the sun can make your siding appear faded and washed out. Proper pressure washing can clear up all of these common problems, often without the use of harsh chemicals.

Finally, wood siding also benefits from routine pressure washing. This type of siding is softer than other siding types, and requires more care and expertise to clean without causing damage. When properly executed, pressure washing removes embedded mold, dirt and algae that hide in the wood grain. If your home’s wood siding has been painted well, washing will easily remove these debris. However if a new paint job is needed, pressure washing can remove loose and peeling paint. It is always an essential part of the preparation for that new coat of paint.

Damage

Although pressure washing can appear to be an easy task, skill and practice are required to prevent doing both visible and invisible damage to your home. In many cases, incorrect pressure washing can cause more harm than good. If water is accidentally forced between the siding and wooden surfaces of your home, mold and rot can form. This can also lead to damage in walls, attics and roofs. Additionally, window seals can be damaged by high-pressure water. The water can be forced into your home, causing damage to your walls, carpets and floors. Once damaged, leaky window seals allow water and air to enter your home, resulting in increased heating/cooling and water damage repair costs.

Other pressure washing damage can include visible damages to the siding of the house. Your home’s siding can be bent and dented if washed incorrectly. Soffits and trim can be knocked loose. These damages to your home are an ugly eyesore and require time and effort to be repaired.

Finally, it is important to consider your own safety. Most homeowners are inexperienced with pressure washing, and are not familiar with the process. The high-pressure water can cause personal injuries. It is also far too common for people to fall from ladders while pressure washing. For the safety of yourself and your home, it is best to have a professional pressure wash your home’s siding!

Benefits of Pressure Washing

Most homes can benefit from pressure washing about once a year. This removes any dirt or mold that may have accumulated on the home, before it begins to damage your siding. Plants that grow against the house can allow for mold and algae to grow and begin to discolour the siding.

But keeping the outside of your home clean has more than just visual benefits. By having a professional wash your home’s siding, you will also be improving your family’s health. Dirt, mold and algae that build up on your home’s siding can trigger allergies and cause health concerns for those living within the house. It’s much healthier to have these nuisances pressure-washed away by a professional.

Your home’s exterior is its first protection against weather and other harsh elements. By properly maintaining your home’s siding through pressure washing, you will see a number of important benefits.

If you would like to receive an estimate to pressure wash the siding on your home or building please give us a call or fill out our contact form and someone will be getting back to you right away.

Are You Getting Ready To Paint The Exterior Of Your Atlanta Home?

Painting Your Home Exterior in Atlanta.

Are You Getting Ready To Paint The Exterior Of Your Atlanta Home?

Painting the exterior of your home is actually a big decision for any homeowner to make.  You’re changing the appearance of your homes exterior while at the same time adding layers of protection from the elements.  Wind, rain, snow, hot summer and cold winter conditions put a lot of stress on the coatings that cover your exterior surfaces.

When painting the exterior of your home every homeowner has essentially two choices.

#1.  Paint Your Home Exterior Yourself

Many homeowners in Atlanta choose to paint the exterior of their home on their own.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to do it yourself, but it’s important to know what you’re actually going to be in for.  Most homeowners who have little experience with exterior painting are very surprised at the amount of preparation work that is required to paint a home exterior.

  • You’ll need to scrape away all flaking or peeling paint.
  • You’ll need to power wash the entire exterior (possibly with cleaners).
  • You may need to borrow, rent or buy special painting equipment.
  • You’ll need to set aside at least 2-4 days depending on the size of your home.

For most homeowners in Atlanta looking to paint the exterior of their homes the most effective way to get the job completed is to hire a professional painting contractor.

#2.  Hire a Professional Exterior Painter

When you choose to hire a professional painter to paint the exterior of your home the process becomes much simpler.  Your painter will have all of the necessary equipment and employees to efficiently paint your exterior without you having to so much as lift a finger.  In fact the most difficult part painting when you hire the professionals might just be the color choices you’ll need to make and we can help you with that too!

If you choose to hire a professional painting contractor to paint the exterior of your Atlanta home there are a few things you can do to make their job easier and in turn, might lower the cost of your estimate to complete the work.

#1.  Trim Shrubs, Trees and Bushes.

Do you have shrubs or trees or bushes that are growing very close, or right next to your house?  If the answer is yes these should be trimmed away from the home so there is at least 24″  (24 inches) of space between the foliage and your exterior surface.  Oils, saps and pollens from trees and bushes can contaminate the surfaces we are painting and are a general hassle to work around.  If they can be trimmed or removed ahead of time it makes our job easier.

#2.  Move Boats, RV’s and Other Vehicles

It’s not uncommon for our customers to have a driveway packed with their toys.  From vehicles to RV’s to boats and utility trailers.  If possible you’ll want to move them out onto the street, into the backyard if you have room or just away from the home.  If this is not possible they can be covered with tarps and drop clothes to prevent any accidental overspray but this takes more time.

#3.  Do You Know Your Home’s History?

It’s very helpful for your painter if you know a little history about the exterior surfaces of your home.  Do you know what type of siding you have?  Do you know what type of is currently on the home?  Do you know when approximately the home was last painted?  For homes built prior to 1978 there could be lead contaminated paints on surfaces.  This is something we’ll need to know before providing you with an accurate estimate.

Who Provides Exterior House Painting Services in Atlanta?

White’s Painting and Power Wash is a full service exterior painting contractor based out of Atlanta GA and serving the surrounding area.  We specialize in power washing and painting home or building exteriors for both residential and commercial clients.  The owner of White’s (Bob White) is a third generation professional painting contractor, with over 30 years practical experience in the painting and power washing business.

Types Of Exterior Surfaces We Can Paint in Atlanta?

Homes in Atlanta can be sided with a wide variety of materials and we can paint everyone of them!  But… It’s important to know that painting all of the different surfaces isn’t exactly the same type of job!  Some surfaces such as aluminum siding or steel siding might need special preparation precautions and different types of coatings that may also need to be applied in different fashions.

We Paint The Following Exterior Surfaces:

  • Traditional Wood Siding Painting and Staining
  • Aluminum Siding Cleaning and Painting
  • Steel Siding Cleaning and Painting
  • Steel/Metal Roof Painting
  • Fibre Cement Siding Painting
  • Stucco Siding Painting

Areas We Provide Exterior Painting Services in Atlanta

For residential projects we are limited to how far we can travel and still offer a cost effective solution to our customers.  If your home painting projects falls within 20 miles of one of our service areas then we’d be very happy to provide you with an estimate to complete your project.

Request Your Exterior Painting Estimate

If you’d like to have White’s Painting and Power Washing provide you with an accurate estimate to paint the exterior of your home or building in the Atlanta area then please give us a call or fill out our contact form today and someone will be get right back to you.

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Understanding Your Exterior Painting Estimate in Atlanta

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Are you planning on painting the exterior of your home or a building on your property?  Homeowners often gasp when they are given a painting estimate for thousands of dollars from a professional painting contractor. It’s not always a case of your professional painter being priced too high, sometimes it’s a case of the customer not fully understanding what’s actually involved on the part of the painter to complete the project.

To make the problem worse, there are many painters masquerading as professionals, that really shouldn’t be and their estimates are thankfully really easy to spot, we’ll explain how below.

Professional Painters Use Contracts and Thorough Written Work Orders

Have you ever received a bid for a painting project scratched out onto a piece of paper? Was the scope of work and materials list pretty vague? Were they vague about the methods they will be using to paint your structure?  Professional Painters don’t do this. When a professional painter provides you with his/her painting estimate it will probably be on company letterhead, and more than one page. You’ll receive a thorough description of the work involved, the materials being used and any and all requests or special considerations you’ve asked for in writing.

Having a written contract and description of the work being performed protects both parties. It’s not cheap however to have proper paperwork drafted by a legal professional. If your painting estimate looks professional, it’s a good first indication that the painter behind it might be professional too. If you received your estimate on a napkin, with a handwritten quote and misspelled words, it might be a clue to keep looking.

Professional Painters Are Insured

Proper insurance both for employees and the projects a painter works on are very expensive business expenses we must pay as professionals. You’d think this would be obvious but make sure the painting estimate you’ve receive has come from an insured painter. Believe it or not, many painters have none. What if the painter accidentally damages your neighbors property with some paint overspray?  Do you think your unprofessional fly by night painter will be equipped to handle that situation financially? It’s very unlikely and you just might never hear from the again.

Your estimate from a professional painter will probably mention the fact they are licensed and insured to do business in your area.

Professional Painters Use High Quality Products

There are many different grades of exterior paint from many more different paint manufacturers. They are not all created equal. This is why professional painters work with proven brands from paint manufacturers that have a solid reputation and stay on the cutting edge of painting technology. We’ll tell you exactly what brands and specific paints we’re using for your project. Some contractors will tell you that you’re getting high grade paint but is it really what’s going on your walls? A professional painting contractor will be able to prove it.

When it comes to exteriors there is are special considerations that must be taken depending on the surfaces being painted, their cleanliness or age and the environment the surface will be exposed too.  Choosing the right coatings for your building exterior is best left to the professionals.

Is Your Project Difficult To Access?

There is a lot to be said for ease of access to a project and the work-space surrounding it.  If the project is easy to access it makes our job easier.  If the property or project is difficult to get our equipment in and out or we need to take extra time preparing the area for our presence than it can be more costly.  This is especially so with exterior painting where the environment and other conditions can also come into play.

What Type Of Surfaces Are We Painting?

Different surfaces require different levels of preparation so that paint can adhere correctly.  Aluminum and Steel siding for example, while both metals, paint adheres very differently to them.  The same goes for your cedar sided home, hardie plank or even stucco.  If it takes extra time to prep the surface you want painted you can be sure it will be reflected in the final cost of the project.

Professional Painters Offer A Written Warranty

This is an important one and it’s a little bit deceiving because while some contractors will offer a warranty, they simply just won’t be around to service it down the road.  This is especially so with the lowest bids. These painters under value their time because they need the next dollar quick. It’s not a guarantee that they’ll be around in a year to fix that flaking, peeling paint they’ve left you with. A professional painter will offer you a rock solid warranty, in writing and while that’s still not a guarantee you’ll just have to look at the contractors reputation, the length of time they’ve been in business and how they conduct themselves to make that determination for yourself.
If your warranty information is clearly detailed and explained on the estimate you’ve received then it’s a good sign.

Prep Work and Property Protection

Probably the most important part of any painting project. The level of prep work your painter puts in will determine the visual aesthetics of the final product. If your estimate doesn’t account for detailed prep work and an explanation of what your painter will be doing than keep looking. Professional painters put great emphasis on their prep work. While professionals offer a warranty it certainly doesn’t mean they want to deal with warranty claims. They take every effort to make sure your surfaces are prepped properly and the paint goes on smoothly.

Another part of the prep work is making sure your property is protected. This means all areas not meant to be painted need to be covered and protected. This involves the careful placement of masking tape, drop clothes, and other “paint shields” we have at our disposal. We can cover floors, furniture, appliances, flower beds, and more.

Understanding Your Painting Estimate

A good chunk of your estimate will account for the time and materials needed to prep your project for paint. This is important and you’ll want to make sure you are getting what you’re paying for. This is true of exterior paint jobs. Spending the extra time and money to get the job done well will ensure a more enduring paint job and fewer repainting cycles during the life of your home.

White’s Painting and Power Washing is a full service painting contractor in the Atlanta area.  We offer outstanding dependability and excellent quality finished painting work. Dont throw your money away on the lowest possible bid when you can hire a professional painter to do the job right and get a written warranty .   With over 30 years experience we can do an excellent job for you.

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