Why You Should Power Wash Your Business Before the Winter

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As winter inches ever closer, business owners and property managers must think about how they plan on protecting their property from environmental threats throughout the harshest season. Fortunately, businesses in Raleigh, NC, don’t have as much to worry about as those living further up north. But while Raleigh winters are relatively mild, they still bring their share of cold days, sleet, snowfall, and other conditions that not only threaten your building’s exterior but also make exterior projects difficult to tackle. So, if your business is due for power washing, here are three reasons to handle this project before winter sets in.

Warm Enough to Wash Your Building’s Outside

Power washing projects are somewhat temperature-sensitive. Experts recommend avoiding this project when temperatures are under 40 degrees Fahrenheit for multiple reasons. For starters, using power washing equipment in near-freezing to freezing temperatures can damage pumps and other mechanisms. Additionally, more energy is required to heat the water that’s deployed when temperatures are this low. And, last but not least, those tasked with operating power washing devices are at risk of hypothermia when working outdoors in cold conditions for extended periods of time.

For all these reasons, it’s best to take care of commercial power washing before winter. Even in a warmer region like Raleigh, NC, temperature lows can dip into the 40s and 30s starting in November and stay that way through March.

Winter Weather will Worsen Existing Exterior Problems

Winter is often unpredictable, and a single severe snowstorm or string of freezing days can do serious damage to your business’ exterior. Though you can’t control the weather, you can fortify your building’s shell to better withstand whatever the cold season may throw at it. Power washing is an important preventative measure for protecting your exterior surfaces all season long. Giving your building a thorough cleaning before autumn’s end will remove the dirt and grime that’s accumulated over the past several months and reveal any areas of your siding or trim that require immediate attention. Neglecting these issues will leave your building more vulnerable to cold conditions throughout winter – this will ultimately result in more costly siding repair and replacement projects down the line. In short, power washing your business before winter helps you steer clear of bigger problems and costly repair projects later on.

Perhaps You Plan on Exterior Painting

Power washing isn’t the only exterior improvement project sensitive to the whims of the weather. Exterior painting is best done when temperatures fall between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (autumn provides plenty of these days in Raleigh, NC). This is because exterior paint will dry too slowly when it’s too cold and dry too quickly when it’s too hot. Power washing is also an important prerequisite step to exterior painting, as clean surfaces are far more receptive to fresh paint, resulting in a more durable coat. So, if your goal is to repaint your business’ exterior before things get too cold, you’ll also want to take care of power washing beforehand. These two projects (exterior painting and power washing) go hand in hand.

Clean Before the Cold

The coldest days aren’t here just yet, but once they arrive, projects like power washing and commercial painting will need to be put on the back burner. So don’t wait too long to seek professional power washing and painting services for your commercial property. The experts at Anderson Painting offer power washing, exterior (and interior) painting, siding repair, and so much more. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!

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