Power Washing vs Pressure Washing: What's the Difference?

Power Washing vs Pressure Washing: What’s the Difference?

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When it's time to clean your roof or driveway, should you schedule power washing vs pressure washing? Is there really a difference? Which one is better? If you've ever asked these questions, the team at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island can help. 

Despite how similar they sound, there’s a distinct difference between power washing vs pressure washing. Yes, they both use highly pressurized water to remove dirt and other stains from hard surfaces, but there’s more to it than that.

Knowing the difference between the two is important because you don't want to waste money (or time) scheduling the wrong service and receive subpar results. To help you make the best and most informed decision, the experts at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island have created a helpful guide on power washing vs pressure washing to see which service comes out ahead. Continue reading to learn more and don't hesitate to reach out to the team at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island. 

What Is Pressure Washing? 

Pressure washing involves using a high-pressure water stream or spray to remove pesky dirt and other materials from hard surfaces like concrete, bricks, and masonry. Although this process may work for certain situations, pressure washing usually fails to meet the mark for tough-to-clean grime and dirt. Particularly, pressure washing has a hard time removing mold, moss, and similar substances. 

This is because the water used is sprayed at lower power (ie. psi) therefore, not giving it the extra energy or power necessary for removing the harder to remove stains. This is where power washing comes into play.

What Is Power Washing? 

Power washing also involves using a high-pressure stream of water to remove debris, dirt, and grime. Power washing, however, includes extra energy or power due to the level of pressure set in the equipment, thereby producing very high volumes of water dispensed at a very high rate of pressure.

The formidable duo of high velocity and high volume makes it ideal for removing the tougher stains that tend to cling to surfaces. Power washing can easily remove mildew, mold, salt, grease stains, chewing gum and other stains from your property in ways pressure washing can't.

When looking at their seasonal to-do list, many people use power washing when they want to do a deep clean of their patio, roof, driveway, or deck. Think of it as the heavy-duty option between the two.

Power Washing vs Pressure Washing, Which One Should You Use?

Now that we have covered the basics, should you use power washing vs pressure washing for your home? Pressure washing and power washing both clean surfaces well, but power washing takes the trophy in this debate. Not only does power washing remove harmful bacteria, germs, and other potentially dangerous substances that can damage your property over time, it also performs a deeper clean compared to pressure washing.

Power washing is especially useful when it comes to larger jobs such as a big driveway, an entire home, gutter cleaning, or for the exteriors of commercial space. The power generated by the higher pressure helps strip dirt, grime, mold, and other pollutants from the surface in the most efficient manner possible. 

Should I Rent Equipment and DIY Power Wash My Property?

While you may be capable of renting a pressure or power washing equipment, it doesn't make it a good idea. Despite the numerous benefits associated with power washing, you need to be careful. At the same time, to effectively and safely power or pressure wash your home, the experience is priceless. 

A washer's laser-focused spray can easily strip paint, crack siding, break windows and cause other types of property damage when handled incorrectly. At the same time, it can cause lacerations, punctures, and other types of physical damage. These highly-focused streams of water have even been known to dislodge fixed objects and hit people who are standing nearby. 

Even though pressure and power washing may seem like a simple job, there are so many variable factors to consider. Because of this, power washing is a job best left to the experienced professionals at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island. 

Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island

If you've been considering pressure or power washing your home or property, contact the experts at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island. We can help! We offer an array of power washing services for homeowners throughout the area, including:

Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island today to schedule an appointment or a power washing quote.                                                     

Erika Cruz

Erika began her career at Ned Stevens in September 2009 after 4 years of managing investment portfolios for banks and credit unions. She graduated with her business degree in Management in May of 2016 while working Full-time at Ned Stevens. With 11 years of gutter expertise, as office manager she is in charge of the day to day operation and is fully dedicated to her staff and customers.