Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Freshening Your Vinyl Siding With A Power Washer

Construction & Contractors Blog

If your vinyl siding is dirty and drab looking, it's time for a good cleaning. Grab a white cloth and rub it along the side of your house, and you'll probably be shocked at how much dirt you'll pick up. Your house gathers dirt, dust, pollution, bird droppings, and all manner of particles that float through the air. The easiest way to clean it off is with a pressure cleaner. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Check Your Warranty First

While some vinyl siding manufacturers approve of using a power washer on a low setting, others do not. You don't want to void the warranty by using a pressure washer on the siding. If you can't use a pressure washer, you can use a regular garden hose with a spray nozzle along with a soft bristle brush. It's not as easy or effective as a power washer, but it will get the job done. If you do use a pressure washer on your vinyl siding, be sure to use the low setting only, so you don't damage the vinyl or drive water behind the panels.

DIY Or Hire A Contractor

If you enjoy home improvement projects, then you might prefer to buy or rent a pressure washer and do the job yourself. However, it doesn't cost that much to hire a contractor, especially when compared to the cost of renting or buying equipment, so that is the easy way to do it. If you need to rent a machine, you'll probably pay up to $75 per day. Hiring a contractor could cost as low as $150. When you hire a professional, you generally pay by the square foot. The final price is determined by the size of your home and whether you want the contractor to use the washer on your driveway and deck too.

Use Proper Technique

If you want to do the job yourself, be sure you are comfortable with using the equipment first. Try spraying a bottom panel to get a feel for the pressure. You want it strong enough to knock off dirt and mildew, but not strong enough to dent or damage the vinyl. Since you'll need to use a low setting, a power washer may not be able to remove mold stains, but you can scrub them off with a brush if necessary. When spraying your house, keep the wand under control at all times so you can avoid hitting windows or doors. The stream from a power washer can break glass.

It's also important to hold the wand so the water streams out straight in front of you. Pointing the wand at an angle could push water under the siding. That means you'll need an extension for the wand to reach the top of your home, or you'll have to climb up on a ladder. Also, don't forget to protect your plants by covering them with a tarp as you work. You may kill or damage them if the powerful water stream hits them by accident.

While power cleaning your home isn't difficult, it is time consuming, and it can even be dangerous. If you haven't used the equipment before, keep in mind the stream on a high setting is strong enough to hurt you or another person. Be sure to use safety precautions and keep kids away from the equipment. Whether you tackle the job yourself or hire a contractor, you'll probably be surprised at how different your home looks when you're done. It will have a new, fresh appearance that makes the expense and effort worthwhile.

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27 August 2015