Is Power Washing Safe For Your Patio?
The look of a freshly power washed patio something every homeowner loves. The crisp edges and clean lines are inviting, and the added shine can make your entire backyard stand out. However, there are some things to consider before power washing your patio: what kind of material it is made out of and how much pressure (if any) you need to use in order to get it clean without damaging its surface.
A power washer can damage your patio, depending on the material and the quality of the surface.
So, what is a power washer? Well, it’s basically a machine that sprays water under high pressure to clean surfaces. You can find both gas-powered and electric models on the market today.
There are two types of power washers: surface cleaners and submersible units. Surface cleaners use a spinning brush or rotating nozzle to break up dirt and grime without getting too deep into the concrete or brickwork – this makes them ideal for cleaning patios and driveways but only slightly effective on walls. Submersible units have powerful motors at the bottom of their tanks which produce more pressure than surface cleaners; they can be used for everything from washing out gutters to stripping paint off houses!
The important thing to know is what pressure washer works best for you and your patio and how to use it. Some patios can't sustain the pressure of a hard pressure washer, but some can. We recommend hiring a professional like American Exteriors to handle the "pressure" of cleaning your patio. A professional will know the type of pressure to use, soaps/detergents to use, and steps to go by.
In some cases, high pressure can damage a patio.
For some surfaces, power washing may not be the safest approach. If you have a high-traffic area with loose stone or concrete pavers, for instance, the pressure of high-powered water can cause damage to the surface. In addition, if your patio has been recently sealed or stained, then it isn’t likely to be damaged by a simple power washing.
In most cases though, power washing is safe for patios—as long as you use low pressure and don’t let the machine linger on one spot too long.
To avoid any damage, consider hiring a professional who has experience in using and maintaining power washer equipment.
If you're thinking of doing it yourself, consider hiring a professional instead. Power washers are specialized tools that require a certain amount of training to operate safely and effectively. Even if you do know what you're doing, there's always
room for error when using power tools in an unfamiliar environment—for example, by applying too much pressure on the hose or setting an inappropriate spray angle on the nozzle. A professional who has experience using and maintaining their equipment will be able to better assess any potential risks involved in performing their task and take appropriate precautions accordingly.
Additionally, if you decide to hire someone else to power wash your patio, they'll have all of the proper equipment required for this type of work: hoses with enough length so they don't get tangled up while spraying; extension cords that can handle higher amperage loads without overheating; nozzles with variable settings depending on how dirty/clean your patio surface needs cleaning; etc.
We hope that we’ve helped you to understand what power washers can do for your patio, and also given you some tips on how to make sure your patio remains safe. It is important to keep in mind that this is not a job for beginners—you need to know what you’re doing before taking on this project. If it sounds like something that interests you and if there are no other options available, then go ahead! Just remember: always use low pressure settings and wide fan tips when cleaning your patio with a power washer. Also avoid using detergents or bleach when washing surfaces like concrete or brick because they may damage them over time.