The Season has officially changed, and the inevitable Fall tasks are knocking at the door. No need to fret, Allbrite compiled a Fall Maintenance Checklist for you. It’s important to prep your home for each Season to ensure the longevity and the integrity of your home. Spending the time maintaining your home regularly will help avoid major headaches and ultimately save you money in the long run. Whether you are able to do the things on this checklist, or if you need to hire a professional, it’s vital to ensure they are completed!
1. Gutter Debris Cleaning-
Get your gutters cleaned from all debris! Your gutters are there to divert water away from the foundation of your home so keeping them clear and running smoothly is important.
2. Inspect Your Roof-
From top to bottom you want to check your roof for misshaped, loose, or missing shingles. Check the metal flashing around vents and chimneys for any damage. If you have a leak, stopping the problem before wind and ice start will help prevent disasters.
3. Pressure Wash Flat Surfaces-
Front porch, walkways, driveways and any stepping stones that are used on a regular basis should be free from green algae and mildew. Pressure washing these surfaces before Winter comes will help avoid those nasty slip and falls.
4. Winterize Your Outdoor Faucets-
Shut-off any valves that lead to your outdoor faucets before freezing temperatures. This ensures your outdoor faucet doesn’t freeze and burst.
5. Heating System Inspected-
Before you know it, you’ll be switching to your heating system. It’s a good idea to have your system checked by a professional before using to ward off any future issues.
What is the difference between soft washing and pressure washing?
It’s simple to nail down the difference between the two exterior cleaning methods.
Pressure washing is the use of high-pressure water spray on a surface to remove mold, mildew, dirt, grime, mud and more.
Soft washing is a low-pressure cleaning process with the use of chemicals on a surface to remove and break down lichen, mold, algae, bacteria, moss, dirt and more.
Soft washing is an alternative cleaning process for delicate surfaces such as roofs or vinyl siding. Allbrite’s team is trained in both pressure washing and soft washing methods to deliver you professional and knowledgeable service. To learn about the benefits of an Allbrite soft wash cleaning, click here.
When hiring a contractor it’s important to always get 3 standard estimates. Then compare each company and what they have to offer in order to make an informed decision based on your budget and needs as a consumer.
When comparing Allbrite’s house washing service to other contractors in Maryland remember that our house wash includes the brightening of gutters and the cleaning of the downspouts, the soffits, siding, flashing, windows (rinsed), and shutters if present.
Yes, you read that right — Gutter Brightening is included in our house wash!
We have a saying at Allbrite – think of your home as a face. The windows are the eyes and the gutters are the teeth. We aren’t going to wash the face of your home without brushing the teeth of it as well.
With each house washing service, we hand scrub every gutter to remove the oxidation staining which removes the black streaky lines and faded coloring.
There’s a difference between cleaning gutters and brightening gutters. We can clean your gutters the same way we will clean your siding (this will remove the mold, mildew and algae that’s on the face of the gutters) but that will not remove the black streaks. Removing the black streaks is a separate process and requires more detail but it’s always included in our house washing service.
We’re back here at this fence we cleaned on Tuesday getting ready to stain/seal it. We are using a natural tone cwf-uv stain, you can find this at any local Home Depot.
We’ve done a little prep work, got some of the sanding done and laid tarps down along with tapping off other areas that need to be covered. The process of staining isn’t necessarily hard rather tedious. If you plan to stain your fence or wood surface yourself, it is much easier with two sets of hands. Order some pizza and grab a buddy to help you conquer your project.
Our process is to spray the first coat on the fence, back-brushing that coat into the wood so it’s fully saturated, then come back at a different angle and spray a second coat of sealant on. Finishing off with back-brushing that last coat of sealant into the wood. This particular fence project used 30 gallons of sealant by the time we were finished. Glad we were able to finish before July 4th for this customer!
What can we help you wash?
✅Soft Wash Roof Cleaning
Give us a call to get a jump start on your next outdoor project!
Here’s a project we had in Ellicott City, Maryland doing a roof to road package. Roof to road means getting the whole exterior of your property cleaned up from all the nasty green, all the algae on all surfaces. We finished soft washing the roof and soft washing the patios prior to cleaning the fence.
This particular property had a huge wooden fence that goes all the way around the property. This fence hasn’t been stained or cleaned in at least 15 years. So naturally it looked old, gray and very much fainted. We are prepping the fence to be stained once everything is dry. We call this a restoration project! We plan to put a nice semi transparent, natural tone on the fence.
We get asked all the time – are you going to soft wash or pressure wash my fence? Well, it all depends on the outcome of the project. For instance, we will be sealing this fence so we will be pressure washing it to remove all of the organic growth, oxidation and bacteria. Ensuring the surface is cleaned and free of growth is important because it ensures the stain adhering properly to the surface, which in return helps your fence last longer. If we were to soft wash this fence we would have to use more soap, which equates to more chemicals, and could really dry out this wood. We don’t usually soft wash wood in general, however, it is an application method that can be used.
The process we are taking today is a three step process. 1. Apply soap, 2. Go over with a mild pressure and rinse everything, 3. Come back and apply a brightener, that brightener is going to bring the pH level of the wood back to 7 so it’s susceptible to take stain that way we know everything is prepared properly for when we come back to do the staining. It’s also going to brighten the wood. If you see now it’s old, gray and very faded. We are going to brighten this fence up.
If you have an outdoor space that could use some cleaning, give us a call to discuss your project. Our family is here to help!
One of our specialties includes the restoration and maintenance of all types of wood. Last month we had the pleasure of restoring Spanish Cedar wood back to its natural beauty over at Maryvale Preparatory School located in Lutherville, Maryland.
It’s always a fun project when a lift is involved right?!
More about Spanish Cedar :
Spanish cedar has a light red or orange pink coloring to it
Spanish cedar is also referred to as Brazilian cedar or Jamaican cedar
Typically used for furniture, boat building, doors, or cigar box lining